Boo! on Broadway will look a little different for 2020 as it transforms to a virtual event for the entire month of October.
The event usually brings more than 5,000 people to downtown – Kissimmee Main Street’s largest annual get together. Starting Oct. 1, residents have several chances to participate in contests and win prizes.
“Boo! on Broadway is loved by the community and merchants and we realized how big a loss it would be if we didn’t do something,” said Kissimmee Main Street Director Diana Marrero-Pinto. “It is still exposure for merchants and fun to do. Kids and parents have been through a lot lately.”
Every week families can submit pictures for a costume contest to firstname.lastname@example.org and win prizes from Candyland Designs Co. and Broadway Pizza Bar. Candyland Owner Leia Perez loves Boo! on Broadway and said she thought the ideas Kissimmee Main Street came up with this year were amazing.
Perez will be donating cupcake decorating kits for the costume and coloring contests.
“It’s important for small businesses to participate in activities that have community involvement,” she said. Candyland Designs has been downtown for three years specializing in custom cake designs. “We want people to still enjoy themselves and to know we are here.”
Visitors can still come downtown to eat and shop, said Marrero-Pinto. Many businesses will be having Spooktacular Specials throughout October, such as 20 percent off food from Three Sisters Speakeasy and some free frozen dessert from Limbhelados.
Get your pooch ready for a photo shoot with a Halloween costume contest Oct. 15 and Oct. 31. The winners of the Costumed Canine Contest will win a gift card for a grooming session from Sittin’ Pretty located in downtown Kissimmee.
“We’ve always done Boo! on Broadway and this is a way to still be part of the the event,” said Sittin’ Pretty Owner Brenda Muller. “It keeps the community aware that we are still down here.”
If you are in the mood for some spooky stories, log onto Kissimmee Main Street’s Facebook every Saturday to help solve some mysteries.
“They are corny and take a spin on old radio dramas,” said Merrero-Pinto. “Local merchants read and act out a story.” Those who try and solve the mystery will have one hour to respond and prizes are given out.
Local characters Boney and Clyde are hiding downtown and they want couples to find them. Snap a selfie with Boney and Clyde for a chance to win a basket every Wednesday with goodies such as free haircuts, wine and massage gift certificates. Email photos to Kissimmee Main Street.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Although there can’t be trick or treating, children ages 4-14 can show off their coloring skills and win a drawing for a candy basket. Pick up coloring sheets at Kissimmee Main Street or local businesses such as the Broadway Pizza Bar, the Kissimmee Diner and Savion’s Place.
Last but certainly not least will be a virtual costume parade for the kiddos. Send pictures of the kids every week in October in their best Halloween Costume to be part of a costume parade on Facebook.
Keep an eye on additional events in town that are still happening despite COVID-19. RE/MAX will host a drive-through trick or treat event Oct. 30 at its downtown office from 6 to 8 p.m. First United Methodist Church will be having a drive-through pumpkin patch on Oct. 30 or grab a pumpkin at Kissimmee Christian Church throughout October.