Ready for some Halloween fun?
The pumpkins are carved and sitting on porches, decorated with flying bats and white ghosts.
Cornstalks and haybales are popping up in yards… some with scarecrows and other creatures peeking from behind, patiently waiting for Halloween to arrive.
And children are gearing up for a festive time, when they will don costumes of all sorts and make their way to special Halloween events throughout the area.
Local activities include parades, parties, Trunk or Treat events and of course trick or treating in some municipalities.
If you haven’t yet decided what you and the little ones will be doing for Halloween, The Express has received the following list of events planned in the area for you to choose from.
So look them over, make your choice and remember to be safe.
Lock Haven Halloween parade
The annual Lock Haven Halloween parade, sponsored by the Lock Haven Fire Department, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, and everyone is encouraged to participate and compete for the following prizes: Best Appearing Entry, Best Appearing Business/Organization, Best Appearing Float, Best Appearing Group, Best Appearing Vehicle, Funniest, Scariest, Cutest, Most Original, and the Judges’ Award.
Two additional prize categories this year are Best Appearing Costumed Pet, and Best Appearing Child in a Wagon, Stroller, or Buggy.
Line-up will begin at 9:30 a.m. on North Henderson Street, between East Main and East Water streets, and at 10 a.m. the parade will move up East Main Street to Mill Street, then follow East Church Street to the Hope Hose Fire Company.
Everyone is invited to gather behind the firehouse after the parade where Mark the Shark will conduct a live broadcast until noon. Refreshments will be available, prizes will be awarded, and free raffle drawings will be held. The winner of the Family Fun Night drawing will receive a package of local food and activity coupons, and additional drawings will be held for gift certificates to local businesses.
To enter the drawings, look for the balloons along the parade route to find LHU’s Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority passing out free raffle tickets. Then take your ticket to the party following the parade and look for the balloons at the entry table. Raffle drawing winners must be present to win.
As always, parade participants are asked to refrain from political advertising.
Howard Halloween Parade
Howard Parks and Recreation Committee will hold their annual Halloween Parade on Oct. 31 beginning at 5 p.m. Parade participants are encouraged to arrive in costume at the Howard fire hall just prior to 5 p.m. The parade will be led by a fire truck leaving the fire station, travel onto Black Street to Grove, then to Main and to Heverly streets and then back to the fire station. Drinks, snacks and prizes will be provided after the parade. Contact Anita at 814-264-8042 for information.
TRUNK OR TREAT
Lock Haven’s Second Annual Trunk-or-Treat will take place at Murray Motors, 910 Bellefonte Ave., on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event was created to be a fun, safe environment for families to bring their children to Trick-Or-Treat, play games, grab some free hot dogs for dinner and listen to a live broadcast from 92.1 WSQV in one centralized location. Last year’s “Trunk-Or-Treat” event had over 1,700 in attendance and we expect a greater turn out this year.
Trunk ‘n Treat and Dark Woods Haunted Trail Walk will take place at the Nature Park in Wayne Township on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 4 – 6 p.m., with a rain date of Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5 – 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Wayne Township Supervisors and Recreation Committee, as well as the McElhattan United Methodist Church, and will feature set design by Becky Swinehart.
Beech Creek Wesleyan Church will host Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Church parking lot. The event will include hot dogs, refreshments, games, candy and more all free of charge. Beech Creek Wesleyan Church is located at 217 Main St., Beech Creek.
Howard Christian Church will have a Trunk or Treat event in the church parking lot on Oct. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. after the Howard Halloween parade.
Salvation Army Trunk or Treat will be on Friday. Oct. 26, from 5-7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room and the parking lot next to the Salvation Army on East Church Street.
Woolrich Community Church’s 4nd Annual Trunk or Treat is Halloween night, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m,. in the church parking lot opposite the church on Park Avenue in Woolrich. The event is open to anyone to come and safely enjoy the night with your little ghosts and goblins for treats and games. Anyone in the community or surrounding areas who would like to hand out your treats from the trunk of your car, please contact the Woolrich Church at 570-769-6152 to reserve a spot in the parking lot.
Mill Hall Fire Company’s Trunk or Treat will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the fire hall. There will be treats, glow sticks and other items for youngsters.
The Rotary Club of Downtown Lock Haven is sponsoring a Halloween party on Oct. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. t the Covenant United Methodist Church , 44 W. Main St., Lock Haven.
There will be snacks, prizes for costumes, door prizes, and games–lots of games !So, dress up in your best Halloween costume — only if you want to, it is not required– and join us for an evening of fun and frivolity for the whole family!
Susquehanna Valley Big Twins MC Clubhouse is the place to go on Saturday, Oct. 27, when the bikers will sponsor a Halloween Party featuring live music by Tickled Pink, as well as a costume contest. The party will be will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available, but you must be 21 to enter, with photo ID required. Visit www.svbtmc.com or call 570-769-7287 for more information.
The Nittany Valley Fellowship is sponsoring “Light the Night” on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. at the Walker Township Park located at 816 Nittany Valley Drive, Bellefonte.
There will be games, activities, food, candy and a bounce house.
Everything is free. Everyone is welcome. Horror or scary costumes are discouraged. All faces must be visible through the costume.
Trinity United Methodist CHURCH at 128 W. Howard St., Bellefonte, will be holding its annual Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m.
There will be food and fun for the whole family including costume judging, pumpkin painting and games for children. Everyone is welcome.
Trick or treat
Woodward Township, Castanea Township, Howard, Lock Haven and Mill Hall trick or treat hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Yappy Hour dog walk and social with a fun, holiday theme–“Yappy Halloween” — will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 30.
Sponsored by LHU President Robert Pignatello, Amy Molyneux and their dog, Ralphie, the walk will begin at the Riverwalk Beach Overview Pavilion and conclude at the Brown Family Patio at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center on the campus of LHU.
The Yappy Halloween event, which is open to all dog owners as well as dog lovers, also will include a costume contest, for dogs only, and will be judged by the Clinton County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A $50 gift certificate to the LHU Bookstore will be awarded to the winner.