Potsdam Chamber of Commerce prepares for Fright Night; announces market street will close for traffic
Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 11:46 am

POTSDAM -- The Potsdam Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its 27th annual Fright Night, with activities for families scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25.

The aim of Fright Night is to provide a safe place for kids to wear their Halloween costumes while enjoying some fun things to do downtown, and invite parents to shop and patronize businesses and restaurants on the special October night.

The first block of Market Street will be closed to vehicle traffic to allow for a safe area for the chamber and businesses to host games and activities for the kids. Any business or group wishing to use street space for a game or other activity is asked to contact the chamber. If a business needs to charge a nominal fee to cover cost of an activity, the chamber says they may do so.

Over the years, the businesses of Potsdam have generously hosted spooky games, haunted houses, costume contests, arts and crafts, treats, guessing games, face painting, temporary tattoos, and more for the multitude of children who attend Fright Night.

Participating businesses are asked to stay open until 9 p.m. They may wish to offer a special discount for this night only or a coupon that can be used at a later time (another shopping night or super holiday weekend).

If a business wishes to limit time for an activity or treats at its location, they are asked to indicate that on the form, available from the chamber.

Student volunteers from both colleges will be available to help.

They would also like to know how a business will be participating, so they can include it in advertising that includes posters, flyers sent home with elementary school students, and print ads.

The forms should be returned by Oct. 18.

More info: potsdam@slic.com, 274-9000.