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Colonial Williamsburg is getting into the Halloween spirit ahead of its “Haunting on DoG Street: Blackbeard’s Revenge” event with a decoration contest for businesses in Merchants Square.
From Oct. 21 through 27, participating businesses in Merchants Square and on Prince George Street are putting out spooky window displays that tie into the upcoming event’s piratical theme.
Participating businesses include Aromas, Baskin Robbins, the William & Mary Bookstore, the Peanut Shop of Williamsburg, Danforth Pewter, Closet Envy, Talbots, Williamsburg At Home, Williams Sonoma, Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grille, Williamsburg Craft House, Cheese Shop, Fat Canary, Seasons Restaurant, J. Fenton Gallery, Everything Williamsburg, Blackbird Bakery and Carousel Children’s Boutique.
Visitors to Merchants Square can vote for their favorite window display and be entered to win a prize pack valued at more than $500 that includes gift cards to Merchants Square businesses, a Williams Sonoma gift basket, a print from Williamsburg Art Gallery and tickets to Haunting on DoG Street.
Participants can vote in person via the ballot boxes at the William & Mary Bookstore and in Aromas. They can also “like” their favorite merchant’s window in the photo album on Merchants Square’s Facebook page or post a picture of their favorite window to Instagram with the hashtag #HauntedMSQEntry.
Winners will be announced Thursday on Facebook, Instagram and via e-mail.
“We want people to realize Merchants Square is a vibrant, exciting place,” said Barbara Brown, public affairs manager for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “We want to make sure people know it is part of Colonial Williamsburg and draw people there.”