Halloween night events scheduled
BY MICHAEL J. RUDOLF
Wyoming County Press Examiner
A number of local communities have scheduled Halloween events or specific hours for kids to go trick-or-treating.
With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, every town that has set hours has scheduled them for the actual holiday.
In Tunkhannock, Halloween trick-or-treat hours will be Friday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. That will be followed by the annual Kiwanis Halloween Parade, said Mayor Norm Ball.
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.
The event is organized every year by the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Club.
The entire community in Meshoppen typically turns out the last Friday in October for an evening parade and block party organized by the Meshoppen Holiday Fund. This year, as the calendar would have it, it's actually on Halloween.
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 Holiday Fund, headed by Holly Stark, came up with the idea 10 years ago after several residents said they wanted to revive the parade, a favorite childhood tradition.
Last year, rain forced the parade and other activities under the pavilion at the Meshoppen ballfield. Stark said although it was a little crowded, it was just as much fun as ever.
For the 10th annual party and parade this year, Stark said she hopes for better weather and a good turnout. She also said there could be a few "extra surprises," but she didn't want to give away the secrets.
Deejay S&S Karaoke provides music and a few creepy effects to add to the atmosphere. Of course there are free refreshments.
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 People's National Bank for deposit into the group's account.
Trick-or-treat hours in Meshoppen will be before the parade, from 4 to 7 p.m.
In Laceyville, trick-or-treat hours are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, said Mayor Ken Patton.
Factoryville trick-or-treat hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, noted borough administrative coordinator Liz Ratchford.
She said that while there is no in-town parade there, students at the Factoryville Elementary Center will parade at the school during the day.