Halloween activities in the area
From staff reports
It’s beginning to look a lot like … Halloween.
Just drive down a city street or road and you’ll find properties decorated in orange and black… sometimes even dark purple and orange lights … as the Oct. 31 holiday approaches. Jack-o-lanterns have taken their place on porches and some scary looking creatures are found propped up in the front yards.
The Express has received a large amount of Halloween activities planned in the area, from parades and parties to Trunk or Treat events and Trick or Treat hours in local municipalities. Our list follows:
— The Lock Haven Halloween parade, sponsored the Lock Haven Fire Department, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to march in the parade and compete for cash prizes, with a top prize of $200 for the Best Appearing entry.
Participants may join the line-up between 9:30 and 10 a.m. on North Henderson Street between East Main and East Water streets. 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.
There will be 22 cash prizes awarded to parade participants, with prizes also given for Best Appearing Float, Best Appearing Business/Organization, Best Appearing Group, Funniest, Best Appearing Vehicle, Most Original, Cutest, Best Appearing Costumed Pet, Best Appearing Child in a Wagon, Stroller or Buggy, and the Judges’ Award.
Three new categories this year will be Best Appearing Duo, Best Pop Culture, and Extreme Mish-Mash. Extreme Mish-Mash is a chance to get creative, mix it up, and put it over the top. Take two or more ideas and combine them into one. The stranger, the better. You’re only limited by your imagination.
Treats will be handed out to children along the parade route, as well as free raffle tickets for adults.
Everyone is invited to the rear of the firehouse for refreshments after the parade while the judges make their decisions. Afterward the prize winners will be announced and drawings will be held for adults who turned in their free raffle tickets.
As always, parade participants are asked to refrain from political advertising.
–The Howard Halloween Parade will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. Meet at the fire hall early because the parade starts at 5 p.m. sharp. Parade route is the same as usual, leaving the fire hall onto Black Street, to Grove Street, to Main Street, onto Beverly Street and then up the bike path back to the fire hall. Drinks, snacks and prizes will be awarded afterward.
— Bellefonte Halloween Parade will be Saturday, Oct. 26. The parade forms at Bellefonte Elementary School at 11 a.m. and begins at 11:30 a.m. marching to Talleyrand Park. Children will be trick or treating at borough businesses from noon to 4 p.m. A fall festival in Talleyrand Parak will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
TRUNK OR TREAT
— Pine Creek Valley Christian Church, 26 Locomo Lane, Jersey Shore, Saturday, Oct. 26, from 4-6 p.m. Free hot dogs, treats and beverages.
— LHU students and Lowes Home Improvement Store sponsored Trunk or Treat, Lowes Home Improvement, 284 Hogan Blvd., Mill Hall, 4 to 6 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 26. Donations will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Pets welcome!
— Dark Woods Haunted Trail Walk, Wayne Township Nature Park, 4 to 6 p.m. or rain date of Oct. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. Contact Jane at 570-502-2760 if you would like to bring your trunk and join us.
— Beech Creek Wesleyan Church, 217 Main St., Beech Creek, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 31. There will be games, food, prizes and lots of fun!
— Clintondale United Methodist Church parking lot, 6 to 7:30 p.m.on Thursday, Oct. 31. Free hot dogs, popcorn and hot chocolate.
— Beech Creek Wesleyan Church, Thursday Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. at the church, 217 Main St., Beech Creek. Games, food, prizes and lots of fun!
— Woolrich Community Church, Thursday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. in the church parking lot on Park Avenue. Open to everyone who wants to enjoy a safe night with little ghosts and goblins for treats and games. Anyone in who wants to be involved by handing out treats from their trunk, please contact the Woolrich Church at 570-769-6152 to reserve a spot in the parking lot.
COSTUME PARTY AND BINGO
— Youth Halloween Costume and BINGO at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Friendship Community Library, Main Street, Beech Creek. Prizes for youth dressed in costume and BINGO winners.
— Lock Haven University Chemistry Club will host a Halloween demonstration show from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the LHU East Campus Science Center, third floor room 334. Doors will open at 6 p.m.The event, which is a demonstration show, is free and open to the public
TRICK OR TREAT HOURS
— Lock Haven, Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
— Mill Hall,Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. The borough’s fire department will also be conducting a “Truck-or-Treat” at the fire hall during the same hours.
— State College, Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
— Centre County townships of College, Ferguson, Harris, and Patton, Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.; Halfmoon Township, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
— Howard trick or treating will follow the parade from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Residents who are prepared with treats for trick-or-treaters should turn their porch lights on.