Fright Fest to be held in downtown Darlington
The Darlington City Council is encouraging residents to attend Fright Fest downtown on Halloween night in lieu of traveling door to door trick-or-treating.
While the council did not ban the practice during its latest meeting, it suggested an earlier timeframe of 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Fright Fest will be held from 2 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, in downtown Darlington with a fireworks display capping the evening.
The event will include carnival rides, food trucks, DJ, arts and crafts, bingo, prizes, trick-or-treat alley, costume contests, cake walk, a car show and performances by Soul Sister Dance Team all spread across downtown to allow for social distancing. Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
Fright Fest replaces the signature event of the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce: Freedom Fest, the annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks show at the Darlington Raceway.
That event started in 2014 with more than 12,000 in attendance and has grown each year with attendance totaling more than 20,000. The annual festival has hosted bands such as Outshyne and Sister Hazel and drawn crowds from all over the Southeast. Vendors have come from around the state as well as neighboring states, including North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia and as faraway as Florida. They oftenbring friends, family and kidswho enjoy the numerous carnival rides and games at thefestival.
Following Fright Fest’s fireworks finale, the HousingAuthority of Darlington willpresent a free movie on thelawn at its main office, 324Bacote St., from 7:30 to 9:30p.m. with popcorn, soda, pizzaand Halloween candy. Takeyour lawn chairs and blanketsto sit and enjoy.