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The skinny on Halloween… / October 26, 2011
There’ll be no lack of opportunity when it comes to trolling for candy this Halloween — communities around Mecklenburg County have established a variety of times, dates, activities and rules for the spookiest night of the year.

Trick or treating schedules in town call on the young ghosts and goblins to do their bidding this coming Monday, Oct. 31, Halhloween night — although there will be other opportunities to celebrate both the holiday and the onset of fall at other events this week.

First, here’s a look at the towns’ trick or treat schedules:

Boydton Trick or Treat

Date: Monday, October 31

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

No one over the age of 16 is allowed to wear a mask

Chase City Trunk or Treat

Date: Monday, October 31

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Chase City

In addition to Trick or Treat, there will be food and other activities.

Town Hall asks that anyone passing out candy be downtown by 5:30 p.m.

Clarksville’s Trick or Treat on the Streets

Date: Monday, October 31

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Merchants on Virginia Avenue

Palmer Springs Annual Halloween Carnival

Date: Saturday, October 29

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Palmer Springs Volunteer Fire Department

Costume contest for ages 0-12, a cakewalk, food, games and prizes. Admission is free. No scary masks

South Hill Trick or Treat

Date: Monday October 31

Time: 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

And here’s a rundown of other festivals and events in the area this weekend, some timed for Halloween, some not:

Fall Festivals / Events

The 35th Annual Boydton Day — Saturday, October 29, the celebration kicks off with the parade at 11:00 a.m. Mecklenburg County native, Judge Charles W Dortch Jr. has been selected to serve as Grand Marshal. Dozens of vendors will line the streets of downtown Boydton from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., offering food, crafts and information. Boydton VFD Brunswick Stew, Boydton Rescue Squad barbeque, Cherry Hill ice cream, Rose’s Pizza, pies and cakes by Boydton’s Mildred Winn, Slices of Heaven baked goods, fried chicken, the Honey Man and K’s Grill are just a few of the culinary delights available. Entertainment will be provided by the NCSU Pipe and Drum Band, US Navy Atlantic Fleet Forces Band, Homegrown Bluegrass Band and the Good Time Band. A new addition this year is the Baron Bash Softball Tournament, which will take place all day at the community field on Park Street. Sponsored by the Bluestone Athletic Department, the tournament will be pool play/double elimination, depending on the number of teams registered. For more information, contact Dan Powell (434) 222-2755.

South Hill will host its annual Monster Mash on Saturday, October 29, at Market Square from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Trick or treating will be Monday October 31, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

A Halloween Awareness Service will be held on Friday night, October 28, at 7:00 p.m. at Meherrin Baptist Church. The public is cordially invited to come and join in fellowship.

La Crosse Elementary School will hold its Fall Festival Friday, October 28, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Games, moon bounce, Bingo, cake walk, fortune telling, food and prizes too. Admission- $2.00, 15 Game Tickets- $5.00, ages 12 and under welcome.

Clarksville’s annual Halloween Parade and Carnival will be held on Sunday, October 30 at the Virginia Avenue Mall. The Mall will host its costume parades for newborns through 5th grade, with a start at 1:15 p.m. This free event runs from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. There are food and games for the whole family — you’ll see neat ghosts and goblins, along with pretty princesses and rugged pirates. For more information call 434-374-5949.

A Fall Festival will be held at the new House of Prayer building on Hwy. 58 west of Clarksville (next to Morningstar’s Bed, Bath and Curtain Outlet) just past CVS on the right on Sunday, October 30, at 4:00 p.m. Games, competitions and hayrides starting at 5:00 p.m., and a Youth Service beginning at 6:00 p.m. Also a chili and a cook-off. Everyone is welcome.

The annual Fall Festival at Clarksville Baptist Church will be held on Wednesday, October 26. Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship Hall. There will also be a Cake Walk, Costume Contest, and Story Time in the Fellowship Hall from 6:30 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. The Trunk or Treat will take place in Pittard Park located behind Clarksville Baptist Church from 7:15 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The church will also be collecting canned food for the local food pantry, as well as items for the Mecklenburg County Shoebox Christmas project. Please bring canned/non-perishable food or an item for our shoeboxes. Please contact the church office at (434) 374-8341 with any questions. Everyone is welcome.

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