Hillsville’s Safe Halloween event returns with two new events for the little “ghosts and goblins.” The event, organized by the Friends of Hillsville, will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 31.
New to the spooky lineup of activities will be a Halloween costume parade. The parade is set to begin at 5 p.m. and will proceed from Edgewood Drive to Main Street. Judging for the contest will follow the parade. Night Watch Haunt’s “Haunted Jail” will be open, in a more kid-friendly format from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with tours priced at $2 per child. The more frightening adult tours are scheduled to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. with admission set at $10 per person.
Friends of Hillsville spokesperson LeAnna Surratt said a Zumba demonstration and Joy the Clown will also be featured on Main Street, which will be closed for the event. Trick-or-treating is offered only by participating downtown merchants with merchants from outside the downtown area setting up their own booths on Main Street’s sidewalks. The majority of games are geared towards young trick-or-treaters while the food and fun offered is for all ages.
She said the Halloween costume contest will include pets this year with a prize for best costume for the animal participants. A hayride will also be offered out behind the Town Hall building.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours
More Halloween safety tips can be found at: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips#sthash.4vZBkgOP.dpuf