Preparations for Lithgow Halloween 2017 are well underway with the event program released online this week.
The program shows this year’s celebrations will include additional rides for young children plus a thrill ride called the Round Up.
Other fresh attractions include a dedicated DJ stage with dance music from 6-10pm. Traditional favourites will also return for the festival’s fifth year such as the popular Lithgow Tidy Towns Skull Auction.
Event organisers from Lithgow City Council met with members of the business community on Wednesday night to provide an update on current planning and to receive feedback and suggestions.
Andrew Muir addressed the meeting as council’s new Director of Economic Development and Environment.
He described Halloween as “Lithgow’s iconic event” and said he believed the festival had the potential to greatly benefit local businesses and the community overall. Mr Muir also stressed the need to ensure the event ran under budget.
Business owners quizzed council staff on this year’s preparations and discussed options to help the event grow in the future.
There were strong suggestions Lithgow Halloween should pursue a Michael Jackson theme in order to draw visitors from interstate and even internationally.
Lithgow Council cultural development officer Summar Hipworth proposed a few activities to help promote the event.
These included a scavenger hunt in the lead-up to the festival involving businesses from right across the LGA and a social media people’s choice award voting on Halloween window displays.
Ms Hipworth made it clear the organisers hoped to engage businesses outside of the Halloween festival footprint so they could benefit.
Council staff and business owners have scheduled to meet again in the next fortnight.