Downtown Brantford is in the midst of preparing for Scare in the Square, the annual event that transforms Harmony Square into a haven for zombies and scarecrows alike.

Scare in the Square will be happening on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11. Photo by Cody Hoffman

Scare in the Square will be happening on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11. Photo by Cody Hoffman

The Halloween themed festivities will take place on Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct.11, with many events tailored to draw in crowds of students and families.

The Halloween fun is scheduled to include events like the second annual Brantford zombie walk, costume judging, crafts and more.

Being the weekend before the new fall Reading Week, students in downtown residences will have easy access to the events if they choose to stay on campus.

“While we anticipate that some students will use the fall study days as an opportunity to go home, and take time to be mentally and physically well, for those students who stay in Brantford over the weekend this is a wonderful activity to get involved in,” said Kevin Klein, Associate Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford.

Despite the scheduling conflict between the start of Reading Week, and Scare in the Square, organizers are hoping that students will still feel encouraged to participate in Scare in the Square events.

The event will host a number of activities, including an outdoor movie at dusk on Friday evening, an costume judging on Saturday afternoon, ghost hunt expeditions, a hay ride, bands, crafts, and the Brantford Zombie Walk at 5pm on Saturday.

According to their website, the Zombie Walk, sponsored by Brantford Toyota this year, hopes to draw out hundreds of zombies. Participants are encouraged to show off their “zombieness”, and will be able to compete in a variety of categories, like “best moan” and “best walk”.

Downtown businesses will also participate in festivities by decorating pumpkins, scarecrows, and their storefronts for the annual Scare in the Square contest. Businesses will open their doors on Saturday afternoon for the Children’s Trick or Treat event.

“The Brantford community Scare in the Square is just another example of the wonderful and engaging programming that our partners in the community are putting on downtown,” said Klein, “As a university, we are very pleased to have these opportunities for our students to participate in, and engage with citizens and families of Brantford.”