MASON COUNTY — Lots of candy, scares, an outdoor movie, and other fun await children in Mason County this year, as various Halloween activities have been announced.
Trick-or-treat days and times are as follows:
Mason, Hartford, and New Haven – Oct. 25, 6 to 7 p.m.;
Point Pleasant, and areas of the county that are unincorporated – Oct. 25, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and,
Leon – Oct. 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Days and times are set for municipalities by their respective councils. The Mason County Commission sets trick-or-treat for the unincorporated, outlying areas of the county.
A haunted house will be offered by Southside Haunts every Saturday through Nov. 3 at the Southside Community Center, located at 18141 Kanawha Valley Road. Admission is $10 per person, and the haunted house is open from 8 to 11 p.m. For more information, call 304-593-2072.
The Town of New Haven will host a Halloween party immediately after trick-or-treat. It will be held at the fire station and will include a costume contest.
A party will also be held at the Letart Community Building on Oct. 27, beginning at 7 p.m. There will be games and prizes, costume and pumpkin judging, and refreshments. Those attending are asked to bring drinks or a finger food to share.
The Point Pleasant Halloween Block Party will be held Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Main Street. It is being sponsored by the “Get to the Point” co-op, with Dustin Morrison chairing the event.
There will be a haunted house, free hotdogs, a trunk-or-treat, games, costume contest, and live music. New this year will be the addition of an outdoor movie.
The inflatable maze haunted house is being sponsored by The Mothman Museum. It will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. in the vacant lot on the 400 block of Main Street.
Also during that time, free hotdogs will be given out in Gunn Park, with the hotdogs being provided by AEP River Operations. A trunk-or-treat and games will be offered from the 400 to the 200 block. The games will be operated by the individual businesses and volunteers. Morrison said operators have been told to use their imaginations to create fun, but simple games.
Representatives from the Point Pleasant Fire Department, Red’s Rollen Garage, and the Mason County EMS will be on hand during that time to give kids an opportunity to meet local first responders, see a fire truck, ambulance, and tow truck. The Mason County Library will have representatives there, as well.
Levi Billiter and his band mates in “Blue Moves” will provide live music starting at 6 p.m. The costume contest will begin at 7 p.m., and will take place on the steps of the post office. The movie “Hocus Pocus” will start roughly at 7:30 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. It will be shown in the vacant lot on the 200 block, with free popcorn.
In order to set up on the day of the event, Main Street will be closed to traffic at 4 p.m.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.