From parades to trick-or-treating, plenty to do

JUDI PINKERTON/Sun-Gazette Correspondent On Oct. 15, the East Lycoming YMCA in Muncy held its first Halloween and Craft Fair that included activities for the entire family. Pictured here, Addilynn Shirvinski, 6, of Hughesville, daughter of Paul Shirvinski, decorates a pumpkin.

From a new city event Saturday night to trick-or-treating Monday night, Halloween and the days preceding it are full of spooky fun festivities.

The city’s recreation department will host a Halloween carnival for children 12 and under from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Arena, 315 Hepburn St.

The carnival comes complete with plenty of games and activities, pumpkin decorating and treats. Families are encouraged to dress up in costume for the evening and enjoy something different in Williamsport.

“We are looking forward to trying something new this year,” Jess Novinger, recreation director, said.

Though there are plenty of activities to choose from over the next few days, everything will wrap up with candy, candy and more candy for trick-or-treaters and parade-goers on Halloween night.

A majority of local communities will host trick or treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, including: Blossburg, Hughesville, Jersey Shore, Lawrence Township, Loyalsock Township, Mansfield, Montoursville, Muncy, Old Lycoming Township, Salladasburg, South Williamsport, Watsontown, Wellsboro and Williamsport.

Trick-or-treating in Clymer Township is set for 5-6:30 p.m., in Westfield and Westfield Township from 5:30-7 p.m., and in Knoxville from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday.

Trick-or-treating in Montgomery will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

But don’t get too far ahead of yourselves. Following is a list of upcoming events to enjoy before the mad dash for treats that signifies Halloween’s end on Monday.

Thursday, Oct. 27

* There will be a Halloween party at 7:30 p.m. in the Capitol Lounge of the Community Arts Center. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra will play renditions of silent film era scores for its “Haunted Hollywood” production. Costumes are encouraged. There is a fee for entry.

Friday, Oct. 28

* A Halloween party will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the East End Baptist Church, 801 Washington Boulevard.

* Fero’s Adult Trick or Treat will go from 5-8 p.m. at Fero’s Vineyards and Winery, 965 JPM Road, Lewisburg. There will be a hayride, candy, wine and music. Costumers are encouraged. There is a fee to attend.

* A Fall Festival will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Co. There will be a “pumpkin roll,” vendors, food, games and music.

Saturday, Oct. 29

* The World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum will offer free admission to those who wear a costume on Saturday and Sunday.

* The “Fall”-oween Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Point Drive-In, Route 11 in Northumberland. There will be vendors, pumpkin and face painting, and more.

* There will be a children’s Halloween party from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wellsboro Social Club, 127 Kelsey St.

* The Fall Foliage Train Excursions will run at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., traveling to Muncy and back. The train departs from and returns to the Maynard Street Burger King.

* There will be a Halloween party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., hosted by the South Creek Lions Club, Route 14. The event will include games, refreshments, doughnuts, candy and music. Admission is one non-perishable food item per person, which will be donated to the local food pantry. Costumes are optional for children, who must be accompanied by an adult.

* The 89th annual Towanda Fire Department Halloween Parade will go from 7 to 9 p.m., with the theme “American Pride” in honor of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

* Pennsdale Haunted Barn and hayrides will run from 7 to 11 p.m. on the Pennsdale Fire Co.’s property at 261 Village Road, Pennsdale.

* The Young Men’s Democratic Club, 230 East St., will hold a “Monsters, Zombies, Ghouls, Oh My!” Halloween party fundraiser from 8 to 11 p.m. The event is 21-and-over only and will include dancing, snacks, raffles, door prizes, a costume contest and more. There is a fee to attend with a discount if you come in costume.

Sunday, Oct. 30

* The World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum will offer free admission to those who wear a costume on Saturday and Sunday.

* The Great Pumpkin Express will run at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., traveling to the airport in Montoursville and back on one-hour excursions. The train departs from and returns to the Maynard Street Burger King.

Monday, Oct. 31

* Blossburg parade begins at 5 p.m.

* Hughesville parade begins at 5:30 p.m.

* Montgomery parade starts at 6 p.m.

* Wellsboro parade starts at 5:30 p.m.