bat street sign

As an alternative to Halloween festivities, the Main Street Sylva Association is hosting “Bat Street in Downtown Sylva” from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

Participants can pick up a guide sheet at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center anytime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Bat Hunt is self-directed and includes bat trivia and a costume selfie station.

As kids find bats in storefronts around town, they can enter the business to get a treat.

Trivia sheets can be turned in at the end of the hunt for a chance to win prizes.

“There is still some apprehension among both merchants and citizens regarding large gatherings and safety,” MSSA Director Bernadette Peters said. “Since visitors can choose when to do the hunt, the objective is to disperse visitors throughout the day and minimize crowds. This approach allows merchants to participate or limit their hours or participation with a bat in their storefront.”

Families should be prepared to bring masks, as many merchants require them to enter.

The event is free and self-directed. Participants will start at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center at 773 W. Main St.

The Main Street Sylva Association is a nonprofit entity formed with the mission to spur economic development in the town of Sylva.

For more information, go to or contact Bernadette Peters, Main Street Economic Development Director, at or 586-2719.