Tri-County Halloween events offering treats

Oct. 29, 2013 @ 07:31 PM

Halloween goodies, contests and other spooky gatherings are on tap for downtown areas in the Tri-County area starting Thursday afternoon.

Event organizers of downtown trick-or-treat adventures for children 12 and under report merchants and other sponsors are ready in Henderson and Oxford.

Warrenton is also ready with several Halloween gatherings downtown.

Pam Hester, executive director of the Downtown Development Commission in Henderson, said 47 sponsors are ready for the little costumed visitors along Garnett Street between Church and Spring streets from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

“The businesses will have an orange pumpkin sign in the window,” Hester said. “Everyone comes outside of their businesses to meet the trick-or-treaters.”

The downtown events in Henderson don’t end with the trick-or-treat adventure, Hester added.

“They can end up at Pelican’s SnoBalls at 420 North Garnett Street,” she said. “It’s their last day open until the spring. They’ll have a costume contest at 6, and they’re giving away a free gummy with a snowball purchase.”

Hester said that merchant participants and other sponsors that include local law enforcement agencies are to be thanked for all they do that puts a sweet smile on so many little faces.

“They have all spent money out of their pockets to make this happen for the kids,” she said.

Neighborhood trick or treating takes place in Oxford from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and in Henderson from 6 to 9.

The Henderson city ordinance makes an allowance for children 11 and under to solicit for treats during that time.

It is unlawful for any person to appear in public for the purpose of making trick or treat visitation or to go on or in private premises for such purposes outside that time frame, according to the Henderson police.

Trick-or-treat visits in historic downtown Oxford run from 3 to 5, with more than 30 merchants participating in the giveaways according to Julia Overton, Oxford’s downtown development director.

“Our town comes together to provide a fun and safe time for children to trick or treat,” Overton said.

She added that participating merchants will display ribbons on their doors as a signal that trick-or-treating is welcome there.

In Warrenton, the Warren County Memorial Library hosts a family costume party for an hour starting at 4. The event is for all ages, and the party atmosphere will include games, stories, music and a monster dance party. The N.C. FoodCorps will help everyone make ghoulish treats.

The Warrenton Rural Fire Station is where the Warren County Veterans Service Office and American Legion Post 547 sponsor “Treats With No Tricks” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. They will offer goodie bags of safe and healthy treats, according to Veterans Service Officer Jamyetta Bell.

A number of churches throughout the Tri-County are also hosting events.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.