It's that time of year again when everyone of all ages may take a break from their everyday self and dress up as somebody entirely different for a day.
With Halloween officially on Sunday, many communities throughout the region have opted to hold their trick-or-treat hours on Saturday.
But for those who are anxious for the creepiness to begin, there is no shortage of Halloween-related activities this week, including the annual downtown Halloween Parade of Costumes Friday night.
These “human remains” can be found on the lawn of at least one Glenwood Avenue resident’s home. The lawn is among those who’s owners are preparing to spook trick-or-treaters and passersby this Halloween. Around the area, residents are putting their creative ingenuity to use with decorations as the make-believe holiday approaches.
One of several ghouls is eager to greet guests on Sunday night at the home of Gary Pearson on Louisa Street. According to Pearson, “this is my holiday.”
The event of the Williamsport Downtown Business Association starts at 6 p.m. from the parking lot of the Pine Street United Methodist Church.
The parade is open for participation by individuals of all ages in costume as well as behaved pets. Prizes will be awarded. Participants should arrive between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m.
Groups wishing to participate should call Gustonian Gifts at 322-3242 for more information.
The parade will march down West Fourth Street to the Woodlands Bank parking lot.
It will be followed by trick-or-treating at participating businesses.
As for trick-or-treating house to house, following are the communities that have sanctioned hours for Saturday night:
5 to 7 p.m. - South Creek Township, Bradford County; Chatham Township, Tioga County
5:30 to 7 p.m. - Knoxville, Tioga County
6 to 7 p.m. - Westfield Township, Tioga County
6 to 7:30 p.m. - Westfield Borough, Tioga County
6 to 8 p.m. - Williamsport, DuBoistown, Salladasburg, Hughesville, Jersey Shore, Muncy, South Williamsport in Lycoming County; Wellsboro, Blossburg, Putnam Township, Duncan Township, Covington, Liberty in Tioga County; Beech Creek, Castanea, Flemington, Lamar Township, Loganton, Mill Hall, Wayne Township in Clinton County.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Sylvania, Bradford County
Communities holding trick-or-treat hours on Sunday include:
5 to 7 p.m. - Mansfield, Tioga County.
6 to 8 p.m. - Old Lycoming Township, Lewis Township, Loyalsock Township, Mountoursville, Woodward Township in Lycoming County; Bellefonte, Castanea, Flemington, Lamar Township, Milesburg, Pine Creek Township in Clinton County; Lawrence Township, Hamilton Township, Lawrenceville, Mainesburg in Tioga County.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Troy, Bradford County
In addition to trick-or-treat activities, there are a number of other activities, ranging from parades to programs of haunted sorts. Following is a calendar of events:
Halloween Science Spook-tacular, 6:30 p.m., Ulmer Planetarium, Lock Haven University. Hands-on activities, such as slime making and acid-base writing, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a demonstration show by students and professors at 7 p.m. featuring non-burning money, exploding pumpkins and colored flames.
Paranormal presentation by Lewisburg: C.A.S.P.E.R. Paranormal, 7 p.m., Union County Public Library.
Ghosts and Hauntings with A&E TV's Jason Gowin, 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., 316 Alumni Hall, Mansfield University. Presentations by Jason Gowin, the star of the A&E and Biography Network television show Extreme Paranormal, about ghosts, ghost hunting, famous hauntings including the Amityville Horror complete with Gowin's own dealings with Amityville and his experiences there. Presented through his own violent haunting stories, video clips, audio clips, and first hand interviews with the people involved.
Lock Haven University Players' annual Haunted Studio, "The Insane Asylum," 7 to 11 p.m., Sloan Auditorium.
Halloween parade, 7:30 p.m., Burlington.
Haunted House and Trunk-or-Treating, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Great Island Presbyterian Church, 12 West Water St., Lock Haven.
Williamsport: Ultimate Fan Weekend featuring Ryan Pelton and The Difference's Halloween Party, 7 p.m., Genetti Hotel
Lock Haven University Players' annual Haunted Studio, "The Insana Asylum," 7 to 11 p.m., Sloan Auditorium.
Halloween Dance, Social Organization of Singles, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., Paul Geringer Social Hall, 213 N. Main St., Muncy. Costumes optional. Prizes planned.
"Howl-O-Ween," 2 to 4 p.m., Paws Park off leash dog park at the South Williamsport Community Park, South Williamsport. Open to registered, costumed dogs at least 4 months old and up to date on all vaccinations with current licensing. There will be prizes for different categories, and refreshments will be provided. Judging starts at 2:30 p.m. There is an entry fee per dog at gate.
Halloween parade, 5:15 p.m., Hughesville
Halloween parade, 5:30 p.m., Wellsboro
Halloween parade, 7 p.m., Lock Haven. Line-up for the parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Henderson and East Main streets. Marchers and floats all will be judged for prizes.
Halloween parade of the Blossburg Kiwanis Club, 6 p.m., starts at Main and Hannible streets, Blossburg. Costume prizes for six categories from infant to adult.
Halloween Party, sponsored by Castanea United Methodist Church, 6 to 8 p.m., Castanea Fire Hall, Mackey Avenue.
Halloween Spooky House, 6 to 8 p.m., Picture Rocks borough building, 13 Main St., Picture Rocks.
Haunted House, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Liberty
Halloween Costume Dance, 9 p.m. to midnight, Fraternal Order of Eagles, 433 East Clinton St., Lock Haven. Music by Snug and costume prizes will be offered. Also, for people who wear a costume, there will be $1 donated to a local charity. There will be a cover charge.
Halloween parade, 6 p.m., Troy