The Nacogdoches community conregated downtown Saturday to help kick off the Halloween holiday.

Scare-on-the Square is an annual Halloween carnival full of vendors, games, live entertainment, people and kids seeking as much candy as their bags can hold. 

Several community service providers were there.

Booths included those from the Nacogdoches Animal Services, Team Martial Arts, Roselake Ranch, the Jaycee’s and Sigma Tau Gamma, Urgent Doc Clinic and the Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful foundation.

Fundraising booths were also a hit. The Boy Scout Troop 107 sold popcorn, hosted the cake walk and provided face painting. 

The A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport passed out free T-shirts and provided a bean bag toss game, as well as rubber plane toys as prizes. 

The SFA School of Nursing was out raising awareness for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) handed out trinkets and informational brochures in honor of Make a Difference Day. 

The Hospitality Administration Student Association Club helped out with the costume contest. 

“This is a normal event for us hospitality majors to volunteer at,” senior hospitality major Stephanie Morrison said. “It is a good experience, allowing us to interact with the community.” 

Glass Castles offered the chance to create a wax hand, Thomas the Engine train rides offered kids a ride on the streets like their own mini parade and the SFA Steel Drum Band, under the direction of Dr. Bradley Meyer, offered musical entertainment. 

“I’m excited that we’re getting gigs set up around town, and especially for getting to wear my costume to this event,” senior Tyler Cardwell, a sound recording technology major, said.

SFA was represented by professor Greg Patterson, who held a haunted house at his photo studio with the motto, “A lot of FUN!—Just a little bit SPOOKY.” 

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