Halloween events continue
BY MICHAEL J. RUDOLF
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Saturday is Halloween, and events leading up to big day are planned all over Wyoming County.
New this year will be a showing of the cult film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.
The classic musical-comedy-horror movie will be presented for one show, at midnight on Friday night, Oct. 30.
Friday is also the night for the annual Halloween Dance at the old Beaumont School. The doors open at 7 p.m., and the dance continues until midnight. It costs $10, and you must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are available at Smith's Country Store or at the door.
Meshoppen will hold its annual parade and block party on Friday, with a few changes from past years.
Because of the bridge construction on Route 6, the downtown streets can't be closed for the parade this year, said organizer Holly Stark. So the entire event will be held at the ballfield.
The Meshoppen Fire Company will light up the field for the parade. Registration will be at the pavilion.
Prizes are awarded for funniest, scariest, most original and best overall costumes. Floats can also win prizes. For the more artistic types, the event features a pumpkin carving and decorating contest.
The Meshoppen Holiday Fund, headed Stark, came up with the idea 11 years ago after several residents said they wanted to revive the parade, a favorite childhood tradition.
A DJ will provide music and a few creepy effects to add to the atmosphere. Of course there are free refreshments at the pavilion as well.
For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, call Stark at 833-4317. Donations to the Meshoppen Holiday Fund may also be dropped off at Peoples National Bank for deposit into the group's account.
Friday is also the night the Kunkle Fire Company has its children's Halloween party. It will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m., said Chief Jack Dodson, and includes a costume parade, food and games. Admission is $1. This year's event is co-sponsored by the Procter & Gamble Mehoopany Employees Federal Credit Union.
In Nicholson, American Legion Post #953 is inviting trick-or-treaters to the Trolley House in Nordahl Park on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. to collect their treats.
That same day, the East Lemon United Methodist Church will have its annual hayride and Halloween party from 3 to 5 p.m. at the church, just off Route 92, three miles north of Deer Park Lumber. For more information, call 836-6506.
In Tunkhannock, the big Halloween parade organized by the Kiwanis Club is set for Saturday, Oct. 31. It's a great evening out for the younger set, and the police department keeps an eye out for everyone's safety.
Kids in costume may start lining up for the parade at the Wyoming County Courthouse at 6:30 p.m. Marchers will leave Courthouse Square at 7 p.m. and walk to the area behind People's National Bank, where refreshments will be available and prizes for funniest, scariest, best overall and best homemade costumes will be awarded.
Also in Tunkhannock on Saturday, from 7 to 11 p.m. there will be a country Halloween dance at Father Nallin Hall behind Nativity B.V.M. Church.
A disc jockey will play music for dancing, featuring country, a little rock-and-roll and other popular songs. There will also be prizes for the best costumes, prizes and more. Doors open at 6:30.
Admission is $5 and includes dessert. Proceeds benefit the church's parish programs. For information call Rose Mary at 836-4546.
In addition to these organized events, several communities have specific hours for kids to go trick-or-treating.
In Tunkhannock, Halloween trick-or-treat hours will be Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m., immediatey before the parade.
Trick-or-treat hours in Meshoppen will be before the parade on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Nicholson Borough has trick-or-treating hours set for Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Factoryville trick-or-treat hours are Saturday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., noted borough administrative coordinator Liz Ratchford.
In Laceyville, trick-or-treat hours are scheduled Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., said Mayor Ken Patton.
And in the village of Jenningsville, trick-or-treat hours are Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m.