Parades, parties, more make Halloween popular

LOCK HAVEN — The city’s annual Halloween parade, sponsored by the Lock Haven Fire Department, will be held Saturday, and judges will be looking to give out a total of $1,100 in prizes.

Line-up will begin at 9:30 a.m. on North Henderson Street between East Main and East Water streets, and everyone is encouraged to participate and compete for prizes.

At 10 a.m., the parade will move up East Main Street to Mill Street, then follow East Church Street to Hope Hose Fire Hall. Refreshments will be served at the rear of the building while the judges make their decisions, after which prizes will be awarded.

Last year’s Family Fun Drawing was well received and will be held again this year. Free raffle tickets will be passed out along the parade route and must be taken to the party following the parade to win. The winner must be present for the drawing and will receive a package of local food and activity coupons.

As always, parade participants are asked to refrain from political advertising.

Parade prizes will be awarded in these categories:

r Best Appearing Entry — $200.

r Best Appearing Business/Organization — $150.

r Best Appearing Float — $100 first place and $50 second place.

r Best Appearing Group — $100 first place and $50 second place.

r Best Appearing Vehicle — $50 first place and $25 second place.

r Funniest — $50 first place and $25 second place.

r Scariest — $50 first place and $25 second place.

r Cutest — $50 first place and $25 second place.

r Most Original — $75.

r Judges’ Award — $75.

More family fun events revolving around Halloween include the following.


r The annual Light the Night event in Walker Township Park will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the churches in the Nittany Valley Fellowship, the free fun will include candy, other food, games and activities, and a bounce house. Horror or other scary costumes are discouraged, and all faces must be visible through the costume.


r A free Halloween Board Game Night including snacks, costume prizes and door prizes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., Lock Haven, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Downtown Lock Haven. If you wish, bring a can of food for the Salvation Army and a monetary donation for Rotary’s “End Polio Now” effort.

r Trunk-or-Treat is offered from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Clintondale United Methodist Church parking lot. Church members and others will decorate the trunks of their cars and hand out candy to little trick-or-treaters.


r The Bellefonte Halloween Parade will form at 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind Bellefonte Elementary School, corner of South Allegheny and West Linn streets. The parade starts between 1 and 1:30 p.m., with judging and prizes on the Centre County Courthouse lawn, followed by trick-or-treating in downtown businesses from 2 to 4 p.m.

r Trunk-or-Treat is offered from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Great Island Presbyterian Church parking lot, Lock Haven (behind The Express).


r A Happy Halloween Party with costume judging, games for children and food is planned at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard St., Bellefonte. For information, call 814-355-9425 or visit


OCT. 31

r Trick-or-treating hours have been set from 6 to 8 p.m. in Lock Haven, Avis, Flemington, Howard, Mill Hall and Woodward Township.

r The Howard Halloween Parade will begin at 5 p.m. Parade participants of all ages should meet at the fire hall for the march around town. The parade also will end at the fire hall for treats, drinks and prizes. Pets are allowed to participate in the parade, but they must be kept on a leash. If more parade information is needed, call Anita at 814-264-8042.

r Everyone can stop by Trinity O’ Treat outside Trinity United Methodist Church, Jersey Shore, during trick-or-treat hours. The church plans to hand out hot dogs, candy and more.

r Trunk-or-Treat is offered from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Woolrich Community United Methodist Church parking lot, sponsored by the church’s missions team. Congregation members and community residents decorate the trunk of their cars and hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. All trick-or-treaters are welcome.

r “Trick or Trunk” at Avis Fire Co. parking lot is set for 6 to 8 p.m. The kitchen will sell hot sausage, hot dogs and drinks. Kids in costume will get a hot dog free.