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Matt Weintritt/The Huntsville Item Kathlyn Black places the finishing touches on the first of a series of paintings set to cover a wall in downtown Huntsville. Scare on the Square is an annual event held the last Saturday in October in downtown Huntsville. Black plans to have the painting finished in time for the event on Saturday. She will then begin work on an adjacent piece representing the Downtown Christmas Fair, also held on Huntsville's downtown square.

Local artist Kathlyn Black was putting the final touches on the "Scare on the Square” painting on a downtown loft building connected to Perfect Nails salon.

The building is owned by John Smither and the painting is for Main Street’s annual Halloween event designed for family friendly activities.

Black, who designed the image, spent this week painting and said she hopes to eventually cover the entire the wall. Black plans to complete the Downtown Business Alliance Christmas Fair mural by the end of next week.

“We’re just trying to promote local events,” she said. “Hopefully we can do these for the (Walker County) fair, Fair on the Square, the Downtown Christmas Fair and more events.”

Black spent decades working in the advertising industry and as a commercial artist before retiring to paint full time. She now does commissioned work and mural art. She’s done mural work in Huntsville that includes a house on the corner of Sam Houston Avenue and 19th Street and Tinsley’s Chicken and Rolls on Highway 30.

City officials are planning the annual Scare on the Square event and the Haunted Hayride for Oct. 26. The events, according to Ariel Traub of the Main Street program, are geared toward younger children but the activities will be versed enough for everyone to enjoy themselves.

Roughly 35 venders are expected to provide children activities and food from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the downtown square.

Traub said to expect free hot dogs and pizza until supplies run out, at which point attendees can buy food from the vendors if they choose.

Admission for the event is $1 for everyone over 5-years-old. Last year more than 5,000 people attended the event.

“It’s a lot of family fun and has so many activities that are unique,” she said. “It’ll be a good way for people to come out to the downtown area.”

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