October is upon us, bringing with it crisp Fall weather and preparations for Halloween; in keeping with the Leesville’s Halloween traditions, this also means that preparations are underway for Witch Way to Main Street.

The event, which is going on its ninth year, was originally designed as a way to bring together the merchants of 3rd Street for a night of family-oriented fun.

“We wanted to use it as an opportunity to bring the businesses of 3rd Street outside of their stores, let kids and families see their faces as they pass out candy and introduce themselves,” said Tammy Anderson, the Director of the Friends of Main Street organization.

Starting off small, the gathering only continued to grow over the years as local churches and fundraisers began to join in with the event, turning into the large-scale event it is known as today.

As it has grown over the years, so too has the number of activities available to families. In addition to the Main Street businesses passing out candy and toys to eager trick or treaters, businesses from all over Leesville are invited to join in the festivities.

The vendors and business owners can take this time to share information regarding their operations within Leesville, in addition, the regular trick or treating.

The Old Man Band will be playing by the Leesville Historic Courthouse during the event, with additional help and interaction from local organizations like the VFW Post 3106.

Witch Way to Main Street is conducted as a joint operation, with the Friends of Main Street working alongside the various institutions and organizations based within the city, from the Leesville Sheriff’s office and Police Department to the City of Leesville and Town Hall.

Food vendors will be available all along 3rd Street, along with merchandise booths where businesses can show off their wares to the Leesville area.

It is important to stress that these booths are not set up to sell anything during the event, but rather to provide an opportunity for people to get to know the larger community around them.

“There are about 50 to 70 businesses that are represented on this night, in addition to everyone that’s set up on Main Street” Anderson clarifies. “What we’re looking for on this night, just like the past few years, is to create a safe, fun way for families to come out and get to know the area, from organizations that help our community every day to the businesses that keep Main Street thriving today.”

The event starts on Wednesday, October 31, Halloween night, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you are a business interested in participating in the event, you may receive and fill out an application from the Main Street Facebook Page, or by visiting the Main Street office on the second floor of the Leesville Courthouse.