Ghouls, goblins ready for ‘Nightmare on Jackson’

HARLINGEN — Last year’s city-sponsored Halloween Night festival on Jackson Avenue in the downtown district proved so popular organizers ran out of candy for trick-or-treaters.

It won’t happen again.

“On our end, the candy, we’re going to be picking up that and giving it to downtown and Ed (Meza) will distribute it among the merchants who are going to be helping out,” Lara Di Paolo, recreation supervisor for the Parks and Recreation Department, told the parks board.

“We also are asking them to contribute candy, as well as other departments that will be there, fire and police as well.”

Meza is Edward Meza, downtown manager in Harlingen.

“Last year we were scrambling to get more candy the night of the event because we ran out,” she added. “I don’t think we’ll have that issue because we’re looking at over two tons of candy by the time everybody buys their stuff.”

The city’s Halloween Night special event — called “Nightmare on Jackson” this year — proved very popular with families last year after it was moved from Rangerville Park to downtown. Thousands of children and parents attended.

The family-friendly trick-or-treating will be held on Halloween Night on Oct. 31 between 6 and 9 p.m.

A costume parade will be held, and food trucks will be selling various cuisines at the event.

But what would a Halloween Night be without a haunted house?

“We also are in charge of the haunted house,” Di Paolo said. “I’m going to be meeting with high school volunteers from all three high schools … who have said that they would like to volunteer, so we’ll meet with them and talk with them and they’ll be actors in the haunted house.”

If You Go

EVENT: Nightmare on Jackson, Halloween party

WHERE: Jackson Avenue in downtown district

WHAT: Safe family trick-or-treating

WHEN: Oct. 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

FEATURES: Food trucks, haunted house, costume parade, free candy

COST: Entrance is free