MASON COUNTY — Anticipation is in the air for this year’s Halloween celebrations, including Thursday’s night of trick-or-treat and the Halloween Block Party in Point Pleasant.
Mason County observes the tradition of trick-or-treat this Thursday, Oct. 26. Times set for the annual event are: Point Pleasant – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mason, Hartford, New Haven, Letart – 6 to 7 p.m.; and, Leon, Southside, and all other areas (as set by the county commission) – 5 to 6:30 p.m.
A long-time tradition in Point Pleasant, the annual Halloween Block Party, returns to Riverfront Park on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Free to the public, there will be hot dogs, drinks, and popcorn, as well as costume judging and bounce houses. Anyone is welcome to set up to give out treats or play games. Those wanting to help or donate can contact Denise Scarberry at 304-675-4873. Donations from area businesses and individuals help make the block party a free event. Scarberry will be stepping down as organizer of the event and hopes someone will take over what has become a “must attend” for those celebrating Halloween across the area. Scarberry is currently in need of participants to set up tables.
A new addition to the downtown festivities on Thursday will be the Morbid Manor Haunted Maze open from 6-10 p.m. in the 400-block of Main Street. The inflatable maze, sponsored by the Get to the Point group, will be free of charge. According to Cody Greathouse from Get to the Point, members wanted to do something for teens and other children that involved a haunted house. The maze is meant to attract teens to Main Street with something fun to do. The maze will be blacked out, with strobe lights and black lighting.
”The dead ends in the maze will be pockets filled with extremely scary scenes of different characters,” according to Greathouse. “It’ll be a great time.”
Both Hartford and New Haven will hold parties immediately following trick-or-treat on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Hartford’s party will be held at the town community center, while the New Haven party will be held at the fire station. Both will offer games, refreshments and costume judging.
Also, “Southside Haunts,” now in its eighth year, began last weekend and will continue Oct. 27 and 28. Held at the Southside Community Center, admission is $10 per person. It is open from dark until 11 p.m.
A Halloween Masquerade Party will be held at the New Haven Community Center on Oct. 27. The times will be 6 to 8 p.m. for younger children, ages 2 through 12 years, and 8 to 10 p.m. for ages 13 years and over. Admission is $3 for a single, or $5 for couples. There will be costume judging, games, prizes, concessions, dancing and more.
On Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., there will be a Halloween party at the Letart Community Center. Included will be decorated pumpkin judging, costume judging, games, a haunted house, and finger foods. Those attending are asked to bring drinks and finger foods to share.
Also tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Point Pleasant First Church of God will host a truck-or-treat from 6-7:30 p.m. There will be candy, hot dogs and drinks. The event is free.
Beth Sergent and Mindy Kearns contributed to this story.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.