By Taylor Welsh. November 1, 2017. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Hundreds of “monsters” paraded around the Tanger outlet mall in Tuesday evening, celebrating Halloween in the rescheduled annual Monster March.
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The Halloween event was originally scheduled to take place over the weekend, but due to bad weather conditions, Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation assistant director Autumn Goheem was forced to cancel it. Luckily, Goheem was aware that the Tanger outlet mall was also hosting a related event on Tuesday — the actual Halloween holiday, and saw a perfect opportunity to keep Monster March alive for the many families that look forward to the fun and candy-filled event every year.
Safety was our main priority…
“Safety was our main priority when looking to reschedule the Monster March,” Goheem explained to Blowing Rock News in an interview on Tuesday. “We were familiar with the event happening at Tanger and thought collaborating with them to keep this going was our best and safest option. It ended up being great!”
Born of necessity, this was the first year of a combined Halloween effort and it ended up being a success for everyone involved.
From 5 to 7 p.m., anything from the Toy Story movie character Woody to a homemade Optimus Prime costume made out of cardboard boxes were seen walking in and out of stores, participating in a scavenger hunt to collect as much candy as possible. Once each monsters’ candy bags were full, hayrides took attendees safely around the outlet grounds.
“This is my first year as the general manager, and so I wanted to kickoff the holiday with a bang and get the community involved as much as possible,” Tanger General Manager Ronnie Mark noted. “Seeing all these smiling faces makes all the hard work of getting this together worth it.”
With Blowing Rock Police Department and Blowing Rock Fire Department volunteers present at the event, kids were able to talk and receive even more candy from them, establishing closer relationships between the area’s first responders and community members of Blowing Rock.
Story and photographic images edited by David Rogers