Park Hill ‘Neigh-BOO-Hood’ Halloween event is open to all

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

The third annual Park Hill “Neigh-BOO-Hood” is open to the community and has in the last two years drawn hundreds of 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 three years 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 in our third year now, with each year being a little different and getting more neighbors to join us,” Willis said. “Each year, more folks from the larger community comes to trick-or-treat. For some people, it’s their first time visiting Park Hill. We’re happy to welcome them to our little neighborhood. We’re hoping the weather is good and we have a great turnout. Last year we had over 250 kids and families and adults stop by for some treats. We’ll certainly have the candy to give away. In the event of rain, we’ll still try to put on the event unless it’s just terrible.”

The event, held in Hammond Park, along Hammond Avenue just off West Sullivan Street, will be on Thursday 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.