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Spooky family fun lurks nearby
Courier opening costume contest
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The best of Halloween is coming to Hinesville one day early.
Residents and visitors of all ages can enjoy the first Scarecrow Stroll and Beggars Night from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 30 in the city’s downtown area.
The family-friendly event was organized by Hinesville Downtown Partners, which includes 15 Hinesville businesses and the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority.
 “Beggars Night will include Trick-or-Treating at the downtown businesses, hay rides, mini pumpkin decorating, a costumed story-teller, a scarecrow stroll and photo ops,” said Vicki Davis, Hinesville Downtown Development Authority director. “Some of the participating businesses will have their own activities. For example, Uncommon Grounds will announce the winner of their pumpkin-carving contest and Jungle Jakes will announce the winner of their Superhero costume contest.”
The scarecrows sponsored by merchants for the stroll will be placed throughout Bradwell Park, Davis said. 
“There will be event brochures that include a map with each ‘beggar’s station’ and activity location,” she added.
Admission for the event is free, with the exception of take-home photographs, which will be available for a small fee, according to Davis. 
In addition to the Scarecrow Stroll and Beggars Night, the Coastal Courier is encouraging ghouls and goblins to participate in the newspaper’s online costume contest.
Costumed participants can drop by the Courier’s lobby during Friday’s event for candy and to have a photo taken for the contest. Contestants also can submit photos on the newspaper’s Web site at,, under “contests.”
“Anybody can submit a photo of themselves or their child in Halloween costume through Nov. 1,” said Connie Parker, contest coordinator. “You can vote for the cutest or the coolest. Online voting begins Nov. 2 and ends Nov. 10.”
“Some people even submitted their pets,” said Cynthia Barnes, marketing director. “Costumes can be store-bought or handmade. It’s all about sharing the fun.”
Parker said the person with the most votes will be the winner. The contest is sponsored by Freedman’s Music and Wal-Mart in Hinesville. Both businesses will provide prizes.
“We just want the community to get involved,” Parker said.
Barnes said the Coastal Courier’s last online photo contest, the “Cutest Kids” contest held last spring, was a success.
“We had 2,600 registered voters,” she said. “There were 117 entries and more than 118,000 page views.”
Barnes said Friday’s Scarecrow Stroll and Beggars Night, along with the newspaper’s online costume contest, are fun and safe ways to bring the community together.
“It’s a way to connect people,” she said.
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