Halloween trick-or-treating will continue in downtown Pensacola as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos announced they would hold their first-ever “Wahoo-loween” event later this year.
The Wahoos’ announcement follows the Downtown Improvement Board’s decision earlier this week to discontinue a popular downtown trick-or-treat event. Team president Jonathan Griffith said that the Wahoos had considered doing trick-or-treat or Halloween events in the past, but didn’t want to compete with the DIB’s event.
Griffith said details were still being finalized for the event, including the date and time. Participants should expect something “out of the ordinary” for Halloween, Griffith said, but confirmed that Blue Wahoos Stadium would be open for a night of trick-or-treating and other Halloween-themed activities for area young people.
“At the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, just like every other member of the Studer Family of Companies, our goal is to improve the quality of life for people in Northwest Florida,” Griffith said. “We work hard to make the Blue Wahoos games a fun time for the entire family, especially children, and we are looking forward to bringing that same Blue Wahoos experience to Halloween this fall.”
Blue Wahoos co-owner Quint Studer said the recent DIB decision created an another opportunity for the private sector to take on events that public entities can’t continue to fund.
“It only stands to reason that as downtown continues to grow, the DIB will adjust its focus to support that growth,” said Studer. “This creates opportunities for us in the private sector to give back to the community, like what has happened with the Pelican Drop and Gallery Night.”
The DIB’s decision to discontinue the Halloween event follows its earlier decisions to end its role in Gallery Night events and the city’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Both events were revived by private sector organizations as the DIB has refocused on issues like beautification and parking management.
“The DIB will continue to encourage and promote events that bring people downtown, while focusing our own resources on providing tangible improvements to downtown such as beautification, cleaner streets, and improved walkability,” said DIB chairman John Peacock. “I’m thrilled to hear that the Blue Wahoos are stepping up and helping to provide this opportunity that so many children enjoy, and we look forward to helping spread the word about Wahoo-loween.”