Q: What is the Treat Street?
A: Treat Street is a safe trick-or-treating event hosted by the Salisbury Jaycees each Halloween on the Salisbury Downtown Plaza. The event was founded in 2008 in response to local media reports the year before that fewer parents in the city were allowing their children to trick-or-treat due to growing concerns about crime in some neighborhoods. The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce has named Treat Street the No. 1 community youth project in the nation. This year’s Treat Street is presented by Robinson’s Family of Businesses.
Q: When is this year’s Treat Street?
A: Treat Street is scheduled 6-9 p.m, October 31, on the Downtown Plaza. Registration will be at the corner of West Main and North Division streets. Rain location is the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Business Center, 144 E. Main St.
Q: Will non-food options be offered for children with food allergies?
A: Yes. As a participant in the Food Allergy Research & Education Teal Pumpkin Project, Treat Street offers small toys and stickers as alternatives at each candy table. If parents would like their children to receive non-food items in lieu of candy, they are asked to request a Teal Pumpkin sticker at registration. Children will wear these stickers on their costume to alert our volunteers to select the non-food option when handing out treats.
Q: What can I expect at Treat Street?
A: Treat Street will include a series of candy tables and games, as well as story time, a coloring tent, photo opportunities, visits from Saul the Salisbury Jaycees Bear and other local mascots, and other fun surprises. The first 500 children to register each receive a coloring book.
Q: What happens in the event of inclement weather?
A: Treat Street is a rain-or-shine event. If it rains, events move inside the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Business Center, 144 E. Main St.
Q: How much is admission to Treat Street?
A: Admission to Treat Street and all activities is free.
Q: Where is the best place to park for Treat Street?
A: Parking for attendees and volunteers is available at the Salisbury City Garage on Market Street and the city parking lot adjacent to the Plaza, behind WMDT.
Q: Is there an age limit for Treat Street?
A: Treat Street is for children through age 11. Participating children must be in costume and accompanied by an adult.
Q: Where does the candy come from?
A: The Salisbury Jaycees purchase all candy from local retail and wholesale stores to ensure its source and safety. Because of this, we are unable to accept any third-party candy donations. Some candy may contain nuts or other allergens.
Q: Can adults wear costumes to Treat Street?
A: Adults may wear costumes as long as they are non-scary and family-friendly. Adults are not allowed to wear masks at Treat Street. The Salisbury Jaycees reserve the right to ask anyone wearing a costume or clothing considered inappropriate to leave the event.
Q: How can I, my organization or my business sponsor a table at Treat Street?
A: Table sponsorships are available for $50 each. Sponsors receive signage at their table and at the registration area, and are included in pre-event publicity. Sponsors do not need to provide staffing for their table, but may do so if desired. This year’s sponsors include several “employee teams” who have chosen to raise sponsorship money through “casual Fridays,” candy sales or other fundraisers.
Q: How can I volunteer for Treat Street?
Q: Can my organization hand out candy or materials at Treat Street?
A: Non-profit youth-oriented organizations may sign up in advance to host a table with giveaways (stickers, temporary tattoos, small toys, etc.) at Treat Street. To ensure safety, candy at Treat Street is restricted to that supplied by the Salisbury Jaycees and handed out at designated candy tables by registered volunteers. No organization or individual may hand out materials without advance permission from the Jaycees. Any individual caught distributing unauthorized materials will be asked to leave the event and may be subject to prosecution.
Q: Where can I get more information about Treat Street?