Highlands celebrates Halloween on Main Street

Main Street in Highlands was once again filled with costume-clad trick or treaters celebrating Halloween on Oct. 31.

Below is a glimpse of a traditional Highlands Halloween on Main Street. The dancers towards the end are a flash mob from Highlands United Methodist Church.


Spooktacular festivities included traditional favorites with over 70 local businesses handing out candy to trick or treaters, live music from rocking-local favorite High 5, The Literacy & Learning Center handing out books, a flash mob from Highlands United Methodist Church performing to Thriller, and Highlands Rotary clubs serving up over 2,500 free hot dogs.

Main Street was lined with trick or treaters and plenty of adults who were just getting down with the Halloween spirit.

“Thanks to all the participating businesses, our police department, Highlands and Mountaintop Rotaries, musicians, DJ Murph, and a plethora of nonprofits,” said Kaye McHan, Executive Director of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center that sponsors the annual event.

Main Street quickly got busy as trick or treating began on Halloween in Highlands.

Last year’s Halloween celebration was cancelled due to COVID and McHan said the turnout for this year was impossible to count.

High 5 cranking out the sweet jams on Main Street in Highlands on Halloween.

To prepare for droves of eager trick or treaters, McHan said they distributed over 500 pounds of candy to participating businesses and nonprofits to hand out on Halloween. She added that most of them bought more, just to be safe.

Zombie dancers performed to Thriller by Michael Jackson at various times throughout Halloween evening.

“The Highlands community is one of the most generous places I have ever lived,” said McHan. “We are so grateful to have so many community businesses, nonprofits, and individuals who share our love for Highlands through community support.”

The Literacy and Learning Center handed out books to kids on Halloween.

Participating nonprofits and organizations include Rotary Club of Highlands, Highlands Mountaintop Rotary Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CBC Church – Creation & Music Arts Academy, The Literacy & Learning Center, and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.

Over 70 businesses participated in Highlands trick or treating, meaning kids had a tall order if they planned on visiting each one.

Light up the Park

Next on the Highlands holiday agenda is Light Up the Park at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27 at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. Fun includes lighting the town Christmas tree, a visit from Santa, caroling, storytelling, and cookies and hot chocolate.

The Olvera family rocking 101 Dalmatian-themed costumes in Highlands.

The Powell family on the left has some variety going on with their costumes and the three girls on the right are dressed as characters from a book they are writing together.

Dorothy and Toto

The Chrestmans opted for the always effective werewolf family.

Three blind mice (maybe), an FBI agent, and on the far left is Caitlynn Couch who is not wearing an obvious costume making it difficult to write a caption for this pic.


On the left are the Kenters and Postells dressed as some scary Grim Reaper types with a dash of lets go party with the colorful wigs. On the right, maybe tourists.

A king and a couple of queens.

Wizard of Oz

From left are worker bees, beekeeper, and King and Queen Bee.

The Qemali’s rocking flamingos.

A witch, some bat-oriented things and a pretty scary looking hippy.


The dinosaur guy was always a crowd pleaser as he made his way up and down Main Street throughout the night.

Looks like some hot sauce and some witchy-looking bikers.

Anime ninjas

A monkey and Minnie Mouse was an interesting combo.

Obviously Scream and a cheerleader, the rest of the family just looks awesome whatever they are.

Cowgirl and Leopard

Diane McPhail stole the show with illuminated angelic wings and the pendant of a rabbit. She is also pictured at the top of the article.

I’m thinking super hero on the far left, cartoon characters for the other three.

Space Girl and Napoleon Dynamite. Photo by Tori Fielding

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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