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Hammond Park 'Neigh-BOO-Hood' returns for second year

J. H. Osborne • Oct 25, 2018 at 10:58 AM

KINGSPORT — On Halloween night, Hammond Park neighbors will be in the park from 6:30-9 p.m. to give out candy to Kingsport trick-or-treaters. The park will be decorated, well-lighted and have plenty of candy, including nut-free options for those with allergies.

The Hammond Park "Neigh-BOO-Hood" is open to the community, and last year its inaugural drew more than 250 trick-or-treaters to the historic neighborhood, organizers said.

That was a huge improvement from how many trick-or-treaters came calling at the home of Jason Willis and Mason Myers the year before, which was their first in the neighborhood.

"We only had 10 trick-or-treaters. It was a big disappointment because we have such a great neighborhood that would be perfect for Halloween," Willis said.

That night, Myers and a few neighbors begin talking about ways to get the neighborhood on the “heat map,” a hot spot for Halloween trick-or-treating. Through the year, the group put together a plan to make the downtown neighborhood a Halloween stop for the ghosts and ghouls of Kingsport.

Last year, 20 households participated in some fashion. Many had decorated tables in the park, filled with candy, waiting for vampires and ghosts and little witches to arrive.

Willis said they're not trying to drain crowds away from any other events or neighborhoods, but want their event to be another stop.

"We're wanting to build on the success of last year," Willis said. "In addition to neighbors, last year we had friends from outside the area join us to provide treats. We also had several families visit us because they either saw the lights, or read about it in the paper, who had no idea our neighborhood and park existed."

The event, held in Hammond Park, just off West Sullivan Street, will be on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6:30-9 p.m. — or until the candy runs out.

Trick-or-treaters of any age who come in costume will receive treats. So get that costume on, bring the kids or just yourself, and come to the original downtown neighborhood for some neigh-BOO-hood fun.

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