Leesburg's Annual Boo Bash Scares up Great Halloween Fun with Contests, Saturday Morning Market and Blood Drive

What would Halloween be without costumes, pumpkins and a healthy amount of blood? 

The annual Boo Bash at Leesburg’s Saturday Morning Market will have something for all ages from with safe and entertaining activities for children and a casual outdoor shopping experience for grown-ups. Florida’s Blood Centers also join the event this year with a special blood drive offering free T-shirts and other items for qualified donors. 

The market opens at 8 a.m. A pumpkin carving contest starts at 8:30 a.m. Free pumpkins will be provided for painting while supplies last, courtesy of Page-Theus Funeral Home. Games and rides will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

A mini costume parade starts at 10:45 a.m. A kids’ costume contest begins at 11 a.m. with medals awarded for the following age groups: 0-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 years. 

The Saturday Morning Market includes local food and craft vendors, fresh produce, cheeses, soaps, jewelry and lots of plants and flowers. While shopping, check out Leesburg’s scarecrow expo along Main Street. 
Adults can help save lives with a donation aboard Florida’s Blood Centers’ Big Red Bus. Donors will receive a special edition Halloween T-shirt, coupons for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich and a vehicle oil change, a free game of bowling and a special voucher for buy-one-get-one-free admission to the Leesburg Partnership’s downtown haunted maze, which runs Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, as well as Halloween night at Canal and Main streets. 

Making a blood donation is safe, simple and takes very little time – often about 30 minutes to an hour. Photo identification is required. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 16 years old. 

Your contribution helps to meet growing demands from medical patients in need of blood in this part of Central Florida. 

A single blood donation can help to save the lives of up to three people. Most donations are supplied to local hospitals and medical facilities within two to three days. 

For more information about the Boo Bash, call the Leesburg Partnership at (352) 365-0053. Call Florida’s Blood Centers at 1-888-9-DONATE. 

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.