Area children will claim their moment in the spot light Wednesday during the Great BooHaHa.
Children and their parents will gather at the intersection of South Main Street and 1st Avenue and the parade of trick or treaters will move north at 5:30 p.m.
Designed for children from preschool to fifth grades, merchants will hand out treats to the children as they parade North on Main Street to the Coleman Theatre.
Upon reaching the theatre, the children will enter by the south door and parade across the stage for their moment in the spotlight.
Free Halloween photos, one per family, will be taken at 14 North Main beginning at 3 p.m.
“The picture taking will stop at 5:30 p.m. so it doesn't interfere with the parade,” said Fay Culver, executive director of Miami Main Street Inc., one of the sponsors of the parade. “The pictures will be ready to pick p at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Osborn Drug Store.”
Businesses as well as organizations and churches beyond the parade route are welcome to join the fun and set-up a table on Main Street. They need to contact Miami Main Street to be assigned a location.
“For example, Playland Lanes, the local bowling alley, will be there,” Culver said.
According to Jane Osborn with the Friends of the Coleman, almost 675 children participated in last year's activities.
“We know because Ron Gilbert stands at the door with a clicker in each hand counting the adults and children,” said Osborn. “The children are always accompanied by adults, many of them in costume which makes it even better.”
The theater will be decorated in an atmosphere to suit the holiday under the direction of Betty King.
Betty King and her late husband, Richie King, were the inspiration behind the parade 14 years ago.
Having attended a similar activity while on vacation, they thought it would suit Miami.
They must have been right, the BooHaHa has lasted so long.
First National Bank will supply free hot dogs to any child in costume.
In case of rain, all the candy will be given away on the aisles of the Coleman Theatre.
Anyone wanting to volunteer to assist at the Coleman Theatre should contact Ann Gilbert who is in charge of assignments.
“We (the Friends of the Coleman) have a lot of volunteers, but it takes that many when dealing with so many children,” Osborn said. “We enjoy providing a safe place for families on Halloween.”