A new event is hoping to revive an old Southport Island tradition. On Oct. 31, Southport Island Association is hosting a kick-off Halloween party at Robinson’s Wharf.
But this isn’t a new idea. For years, Southport Central School’s “Mother’s Club” sponsored a Halloween party as a prelude to a night of trick-or-treating. The club disbanded nearly two decades ago. So without the club, there was no longer a community Halloween party.
But that will change this year. New SIA members Ashlea Tibbetts and Eden Climo are planning a community Halloween party as a prelude to an evening of island trick-or-treating. The party begins at 5 p.m. and includes something for kids and adults. The party features games, costumes and prizes for kids. For adults, there is a chili cook-off.
“I’ve had this idea for a long time. I wanted a community event and at the same to bring back the tradition of Halloween to the island,” Tibbetts said.
So along with Tibbetts, Climo is preparing for what she hopes becomes a long tradition. The duo hopes most of Southport Central School’s 24 students participate along with any other local trick-or-treaters. Tibbetts grew up in Boothbay Harbor and has lived in Southport for eight years. She began visualizing “A Very Southport Halloween” several years ago. Tibbetts heard a community member recount one year how she bought Halloween candy, but had no trick-or-treaters. “I’ve been thinking about something like this ever since I heard that,” she said.
So the two are planning an event they hope will bring trick-or-treating back to the island. “Most kids participate in the library’s parade and stay in Boothbay Harbor to trick-or-treat. So we just wanted to give them more options,” Climo said.
“A Very Southport Halloween” begins with trick-or-treaters assembling at Robinson’s Wharf for an hour party. Participants receive a chili meal as a part of the chili contest and a map highlighting safe, prosperous trick-or-treating destinations. The last trick-or-treaters are expected to conclude their route by 7 p.m.
To enter the chili cook-off or be included on the trick or treat map, call Climo at 513-739-2422 or email@example.com. Party participants will also receive a ballot to vote in the chili competition. “We’re hoping we will have enough chili to serve as a meal. So you can sample a few chilis, vote and also eat enough for a meal,” Tibbetts said.