Downtown Kingsport preparing for biggest Halloween party in the Tri-Cities

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KINGSPORT, TN – Halloween in Kingsport is getting a major facelift this year, thanks to Northeast Tennessee's largest downtown bash!

GoTriCities and the Kingsport Times-News have joined with the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Kingsport Grocery Company, Stir Fry Cafe, Kaffe Blue, The Bus Pit, and downtown merchant groups to throw the area's biggest Halloween party.

The day kicks off with the "Haunted Half" - a 13.1 mile half marathon throughout the downtown streets of Kingsport. The Haunted Half is a flat double loop course that begins in Downtown Kingsport on Halloween at 3 p.m. The Haunted Half offers something for the whole family on this spooky holiday. Bring the kids for the Monster Dash Youth Runs and activities. Following the races will be a Halloween festival with musical entertainment, food and Trunk or Treating!! 

The race starts at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. Go to if you wish to learn more, or want to get involved. The Haunted Half is set to become a tradition, so get in on the ground floor - It's Wicked Fast!!

At the conclusion of the race, downtown Kingsport transforms into the Trunk or Treat family gathering, where kids are encouraged to stroll downtown in search of goodies and fun. Parents are asked to decorate the trunks of their cars and park on Broad Street to show their Halloween spirit. For more information on the Trunk or Treat extravaganza, go to and register to be involved. There will be food specials and special events occurring throughout the downtown area before and after Trunk or Treat, so come ready to enjoy yourselves!

"Downtown Kingsport continues to be one of the most vibrant and fun places for food, entertainment and music in the Tri-Cities region," said Bob Feagins, Kingsport Chamber Executive Director of Communications, Public Relations and Member Relations.

All who attend the event are encouraged to wear their best Halloween garb or costume. Prizes and contests are going to be given away and happening all day long! If you don't have a costume already picked out, then make your way to Action Rentals and Sales, where you can find the very best costumes and accessories to make this year's Halloween festivities something to remember. "And the Tri-Cities Largest Halloween party - from the Haunted-Half Marathon to start the day to the Trunk or Treat and Costume Pub Crawl to end the night - will offer something for the entire family and will be a great place to spend Halloween," says Feagins.

That's right - when the sun goes down, Downtown Kingsport begins to heat up with the 2009 Halloween Costume Pub Crawl! There will be live music, cash prizes, and drink specials available at the Kingsport Grocery Company and the Bus Pit, and Scary-Oke at the Stir Fry. You can catch the best of 80's retro rock at the Bus Pit with local rockers Spank!, or walk across the road to hear the acoustic stylings of Ryan Ward and Annie Robinette, or groove to a kicking retro DJ spinning tunes upstairs.

David Cate, Interactive Director at Times Digital Group and GoTriCities says, "We couldn't be more excited about this event in Downtown Kingsport. Over the past few years, great food and live music has turned our downtown into a top-of-mind nightlife destination. This Halloween Party is gonna be great too. I think people will talk about it for a long time."

For information on all the happenings downtown, go to You can find info about all the day's events, and view the promotional material and commercial prepared by GoTriCities and Times Digital Group.

Come prepared to enjoy yourselves, and come clad in your favorite costume or party attire. Throughout the day and night there will be costume contests, drink specials, food specials, and more live entertainment than you can shake a stick at - downtown Kingsport is the place to be this Halloween.

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