All Hallows Eve (better known as Halloween) is coming up in less than two weeks and plans for fun and safe events are being planned throughout the local area.
The Mingo County Commission has designated, Thursday, Oct. 31, as trick-or-treat night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the county.
Both the Town of Matewan and City of Williamson will have events on Saturday, Oct. 26, as well as Halloween night on Oct. 31.
The Matewan Town Council decided to have a Halloween party on Saturday. The party will have a variety of activities including costume and pumpkin decorating contests. The town’s annual Trunk –or-Treat will be held in downtown on Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31. The pumpkins from the party will be on display from Saturday through Thursday. Votes will be cast during both events and winners will be announced on Thursday night.
In Williamson, the Tug Valley Area CVB will sponsor Spookfest on Satuday night. According to Tonya Webb, CVB vice president, the event will be an outdoor event held in downtown Williamson. It will feature a variety of games, activities and photo opportunities for the entire family. The Williamson Field House in West Williamson will be used as an alternative location in case of inclement weather.
In addition to Spookfest, the city council will allow door-to-door trick-or-treating on Thursday following the county guidelines.
The Williamson Fire Department will present the Fourth Annual Stephen Casey Fireworks Show after trick-or-treating is over. The show was started by five years by Casey and was named in his honor following his death, according to Williamson Fire Chief Joey Carey. The fireworks will be at the Field House and will begin between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
“This show was started because we always wanted to do a fireworks show, but didn’t want to take anything away from any of the other shows during the summer,” Carey said. “It will be a big night.”
The town of Delbarton will see a change on Halloween night this year. For the past several years, the town has had a ban on door-to-door trick-or-treating and has opted for a trunk-or-treat at the Town Square instead. This, year area children will once again go back to the door-to-door activity.
The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce will partner with Mountain State Harley-Davidson located on U.S. 119 for a trunk-or-treat event. Members are encouraged to participate.
The South Side Mall in Goody, Kentucky, will host its annual Halloween activities with a Fall Festival beginning at 5:30 p.m., a costume contest and store-to-store trick-or-treating inside the mall. The Mingo Pike Car Club will hold a trunk-or-treat in the mall’s parking lot from 6: p.m. to 8 p.m. as well.