MASON COUNTY — Little ghosts and ghouls will have plenty of opportunities to fill their sacks with goodies, as towns and organizations set their Halloween activities.
Trick-or-treat will be held throughout Mason County on Thursday, Oct. 29. In Point Pleasant, trick-or-treat will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Mason, Hartford and New Haven from 6 to 7 p.m.; and all other unincorporated areas (as set by the county commission), 5 to 6:30 p.m.
In addition, several other events are scheduled including the popular Point Pleasant Halloween Block Party, trunk-or-treat events, and holiday parties.
The annual block party will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 29th at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. In case of inclement weather, it will be moved to the Trinity United Methodist Church activity building, according to Denise Scarberry, one of the organizers.
Free activities will include inflatable bounce houses, games and a scary trail. Hot dogs, popcorn, drinks and candy will be given to all children attending. Scarberry said the block party is made possible by the donations of businesses and individuals.
New Haven will also be hosting a party immediately following trick-or-treat. It will be held at the fire station, according to Recorder Roberta Hysell. There will be costume judging in different age categories with prizes, as well as snacks for all the children.
The Letart Community Center, located at the end of Sandhill Road in Letart, will host its annual Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. There will be games, prizes, costume judging, and a contest for those who bring a decorated pumpkin. Donations of finger foods and drinks will be accepted.
Two trunk-or-treat events have been set by the Trinity United Methodist Church on Viand Street in Point Pleasant, and by Pleasant Valley Hospital. Both are open to the public.
The church event will be held in the parking lot on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. There will be food, pumpkin decorating, and a haunted hayride. Awards will be given in many age categories for costumes, as well as the best adult award and the best decorated trunk.
The hospital trunk-or-treat will be held Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., outside in front of the Pleasant Valley Hospital Wellness Center. In case of rain, it will be moved to the wellness center multipurpose room.
Trunk-or-treat is an activity where people open their car trunks, decorate and serve candy from them while children go from car to car.
For those who need to work off that Halloween candy, the Point Pleasant Lions Club 5K for Sight benefit will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Riverfront Park. Costumes are encouraged and the 5K is open to runners and walkers. Registration forms can be downloaded at tristateracer.com. The registration fee is $25 per entry. Medals for top male and female finishers. Special prize for most creative costume and t-shirts will be given to the first 50 entries. Age groups are 18 and under; 19-20; 21-30; 31-40; 41-50; 51-60; 60 and up.
These are the events which have been reported to the Point Pleasant Register as of today. Additional Halloween activities can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for free posting in the daily newspaper.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.