COLUMBIA — The District will hold its annual Halloweenie celebration on Friday, giving families a chance to trick-or-treat at downtown businesses.
Children in costumes can visit businesses from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. More than 50 shops downtown are participating, Persephone Dakopolos, the district's director of business services, said.
Participants include from Makes Scents, Shakespeare's Pizza, Elly's Couture and Tellers Gallery and Bar. Participating businesses can be identified by the orange pumpkin sign hanging in their front doors or windows.
Certain stores might also have raffles and beverages for parents.
The District is also partnering with Heart of Missouri United Way to hold a pumpkin hunt during Halloweenie.
Participating businesses will provide the children with treasure maps to help them in their search for five mini-pumpkins.
The game will end at 6 p.m.; children who successfully locate the five hidden mini-pumpkins can pick up their prizes at Orr Street Studios.
Dakopolos said Halloweenie has been held in Columbia for more than 20 years as a safe and fun way for children and parents to celebrate the occasion.
"This year is really special because it has never been this big before," she said. "It's almost like a festival."
For more information about the event, call The District office at 442-6818.