Bellaire ‘Boo Bash’ set for Saturday

BELLAIRE — Ghosts, goblins and maybe even a caged gorilla will come out to celebrate Halloween in Bellaire as the village’s second-annual “Boo Bash” is set this weekend.

Festivities will take place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday in Imperial Plaza, and are free and open to all children ages 12 and under regardless of where they live.

Last year’s inaugural event attracted about 1,500 children, exceeding all expectations, said organizer Crystal Uchbar.

This year attendees don’t need tickets, but they will be provided with a special treat bag to carry to stations that will be set up around the plaza.

Uchbar said a movie will be shown on the side of the Kroger building. Co-organizer Rick Barncord is asking children what movies are the most popular. Popcorn will be available to the attendees.

Other activities also will be in place to keep the children entertained as they wait to go through the treat stations, Uchbar said. Last year, lines extended up to the Kroger gas station at the Belmont Street end of the plaza.

Movement was slowest at a face painting booth, where efforts to put color on the youth’s faces take a bit longer than most activities. Uchbar said face painting could be replaced this year with a booth providing temporary tattoos.

“There will be a few more activities,” she said. “We’re just trying to make sure the kids have a good time all three hours.”

Uchbar explained Saturday was selected for the “Boo Bash” because it does not conflict with a Bellaire Big Reds home game, and parking at Imperial Plaza won’t be needed.

Businesses contributing to “Boo Bash” include Kroger, Belmont Savings Bank, Altmeyer Funeral Home, Gatto’s, Lil’ Gerardo’s, Bill’s Towing, Ziegenfelder Co., St. John bingo and Friends of the Bellaire Library.

Additional donations are still being accepted. Uchbar can be reached at 740-359-0478.