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Houston’s annual “Boo Bash”, a community Halloween celebration, will offer a new event when it takes this year. In addition to little monsters filling bags with candy from downtown merchants as they have in previous years, this year’s celebration will also include a cakewalk, which organizers hope will be the largest in the world.
Sean Johnson, director of the Chickasaw Development Foundation, says that the idea came up in a planning meeting with the First Baptist and First United Methodist churches, who are co-coordinating the event.
“The idea was to do something a little different and the idea of a cakewalk came up. We looked up ‘world’s largest cakewalk’ on Google and saw that the record for 2017 was in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they had 327 participants. We all thought, ‘well, we can beat that!’”
The event will begin at the First Baptist Church at 5:30 on Halloween evening (Wednesday, October 31). There, little ghouls and their parents can take pictures and partake in free hot chocolate and line up for a monster parade which will head up the street and cross to the square (crossing guards will be on hand). The east side of the square will be closed to traffic and other churches and community groups, such as the Dream Riders, will be on hand with goodies for the kids.
The cakewalk will begin at approximately 6pm at the northeast corner of the square and proceed counterclockwise around the square. Those in the cakewalk will walk along the numbered path while music is playing. When the music stops a number will be drawn and whoever is standing on that number will win a cake. Community groups and organizations will be donating different cakes for this event.
After the cakewalk, which should last between 30 and 45 minutes, everyone will be welcomed to the First United Methodist Church for hotdogs, games and other activities.
In addition to these activities, many of the downtown merchants will be giving out candy to the kids.
The event is free and sponsored by First Baptist and First United Methodist Churches with assistance from the Chickasaw Development Foundation.
For more information, or to get involved, contact the Chickasaw Development Foundation at 662-456-2321.