MASON COUNTY — Trick-or-treat in Mason County, as well as parties and other Halloween events, are quickly approaching.
October 27 will be the trick-or-treat date in all areas of the county, although times vary.
All unincorporated areas (as set by the county commission) and the City of Point Pleasant will be treating from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Bend Area towns of New Haven, Hartford and Mason will have trick-or-treat from 6-7 p.m., as will the Town of Leon.
Traffic patterns in New Haven will change during the trick-or-treat hour, with vehicles entering at Midway Drive, and exiting on Layne Street near the Church of God. All traffic will move one way to ensure the safety of the children, according to the town council.
Several parties will be held that night as well, including the annual Point Pleasant Halloween Block Party. The party will be held on Main Street from 6-8 p.m., according to Denise Scarberry, one of the organizers.
Scarberry said the event remains free of charge for the children due to the generous donations from businesses and the community. There will be games, bounce houses, and costume judging. Children can also enjoy the free refreshments of hotdogs, popcorn and drinks, as well as plenty of candy.
A party will follow trick-or-treat in New Haven at the fire station. It will begin at 7:30 p.m., and will include costume judging.
Hartford will also hold a party right after trick-or-treat at the community building. There will be costume judging and refreshments, and one lucky guest is promised a “spooktacular” door prize. Children are invited to bring a carved or decorated pumpkin to be entered into a contest.
The community of Letart will celebrate Halloween with a party at the community center on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
There will be a haunted house, costume judging, and pumpkin judging for those bringing a carved or decorated jack-o-lantern. Games will be played, and those attending are asked to bring finger foods or drinks to share.
In addition, several haunted events are taking place throughout the county for those who like ghosts and ghouls.
The “House of Frightmares” begins Oct. 21 in New Haven at the community center on Butler Street. It will continue Oct. 22, 24-29, and 31 at 8 p.m. each night.
Concessions will also be sold. The $5 admission will help to purchase new roller skates for the skating that takes place during the winter months at the community center.
“Southside Haunts” is continuing each Saturday in October, as well as on Friday, Oct. 28. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $7 each. The event is held at the community center, located at 18141 Kanawha Valley Road.
The “Field of Screams” will be held every Friday and Saturday during the remainder of the month at Valley Fire Department in Apple Grove. The field will be open from dark until midnight, and concessions will be sold. Admission is $7 for ages 12 and over, $5 for children ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under.
Two churches in the county have announced trunk-or-treat events.
The First Church of God, located on Jefferson Avenue in Point Pleasant, will hold a trunk-or-treat on Oct. 26. The event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m., according to Pastor Bob Patterson.
Trinity United Methodist Church in Point Pleasant will also host its annual trunk-or-treat on Oct. 23 from 6-9 p.m. Scheduled are trick-or-treating, food, a costume contest and a haunted hayride.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.