Halloween on the Square 2019

Trick-or-treaters packed downtown Carthage on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 for the annual Halloween on the Square event.

Carthage’s annual Halloween on the Square won’t be taking place this year because of COVID-19 — but a community trick-or-treating event is being planned by Love Well.

Carthage Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney said the decision to cancel Halloween on the Square was made because the high number of people that usually come mean it’s impossible for everyone to social distance.

“We would love to do a drive-thru Halloween on the Square,” Deloney said. “Unfortunately, the high number of vehicles that would entail is just not possible for our downtown. There are plans in the works for (another) event in our community by another organization, Love Well, and we are very happy that someone can have a Halloween event safely for our kids this year.”

Community group Love Well will host its trick-or-treat event at the Carthage High School on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Businesses, churches, groups and individuals will be setting up tents and tables to hand out candy to the children of Panola County. Each tent will be separated by 6 to 12 feet for social distancing, and hand sanitizer stations will be set up throughout the event. Masks are encouraged, but not required.

Love Well member Quantaus Kelley said the event is important because it brings the community together and will provide a safe environment for parents and children to go trick-or-treating.

“It’s spacious at the high school, so with what we’re dealing with with COVID-19, I think it’s very important that we still have events like this, but we use space to have an event like this so everybody’s not stacked up on top of each other so to speak,” Kelley said. “And I just think it’s a way for the parents and the kids to get out and kind of mingle, and also it’s a way for businesses, churches and even individuals to identify themselves because some people live in the country, some people live in areas where people just don’t come to trick-or-treat, so it’s an ideal event to have for those individuals that even want to just come set up a tent and a table to hand out Halloween candy to kids.”

There are between 45 and 50 vendors already, Kelley said, but space for plenty more. Anyone interested in setting up a table can call or text Kelley at (903) 407-1639. Set up will be from 2 to 4 p.m. the day of the event.