As the leaves begin to change color and the air grows cooler, many people are busy planning their Halloween costumes. A wide variety of activities will be hosted around the area in the coming days to help families celebrate the spooky season.
Trick or treat
Many municipalities in Lycoming County will hold trick-or-treat hours from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. These are: Jersey Shore, Muncy, Williamsport, South Williamsport, Woodward Township, Lock Haven, Beech Creek Borough, Bellefonte, Castanea, Flemington, Logan Township, Mill Hall and Pine Creek Township.
In Tioga County, many municipalities will host trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. They include Mansfield, Wellsboro, Blossburg, Sullivan Township, Lawrenceville, Canton, Liberty, Covington, Lawrence Township and Mainesburg.
Other municipalities have chosen different times to hold trick-or-treating on Oct. 31. Sabinsville will hold its from 5 to 6 p.m.; Westfield, Knoxville and Elkland from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Roseville from 5 to 7 p.m.; Duncan Township from 5 to 8 p.m.; and Troy from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
For many, no Halloween would be complete without watching the parade of ghouls and goblins march through the streets. Most municipalities will host their Halloween parades on Oct. 31, with trick-or-treating hours following immediately after.
Tioga Fire Hall will host a Halloween parade and party for kids up to age 12 at 1 p.m. on Oct. 28.
Canton will host its parade at 5 p.m. on Oct. 29. The theme of this year's parade is "Halloween and the Wild Warriors." Judging for the floats and costumes will take place before the parade at 4:30 p.m. Floats will be judged behind the Canton Junior-Senior High School while costumes will be judged at the Church of Christ parking lot on East Union Street.
Mansfield will host its Halloween parade at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31 in Smythe Park.
Wellsboro's parade will begin at 5:30 on Oct. 31. Participants should gather in Packer Park.
Blossburg's parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the intersection of Hannibal and Morris streets.
The Troy Halloween parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the W. R. Corman Primary School. The parade will head down Canton Street, turn right onto Elmira Street, and end at Taylor Street.
Lock Haven will host its Halloween parade at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. Those who wish to walk are asked to gather at the intersection of Henderson and Main streets at 6 p.m. The parade will end behind Hope Hose House with prizes and refreshments. This event is sponsored by the fire department.
Many churches are hosting trick or trunk events this year, for families who are seeking to celebrate and allow their children to gather candy in a controlled, family friendly environment.
Watsontown United Methodist Church, 1319 Eighth Street Drive, will host a trunk 'n treat celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 27. Children are encouraged to dress up for the occasion, and head from car trunk to car trunk in the church parking lot to gather their treats. A variety of family friendly activities will be hosted inside the building, including children's games, stories, a costume parade and refreshments.
Avis United Methodist Church, 215 Prospect Ave., will have, as an alternative to a Halloween celebration, a trick-or-trunk event hosted in the church parking lot from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Numerous cars will decorate their trunks, and the owners will hand out treats for all children.
New Hope United Methodist Church, 1089 E. College Ave. in
Bellefonte, will host a trunk or treat event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the church parking lot, with a party to follow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. which will offer guests free food, crafts and games.
Lock Haven First Church of Christ, at 330 N. Vesper St., will hold its trunk or treat event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Clintondale United Methodist Church will host its event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, with refreshments to follow.
The Bakerburg Community Church, 197 Gray Valley Road, in Mainesburg, will host a Fall Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.
The Castanea Fire Hall and the Castanea United Methodist Church will host a Halloween costume party at the fire hall from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 25. The event, which is free for all ages, will include games, prizes and refreshments.
Muncy will host the Muncy Monster Dash, a 5K race and health fair at the Mayers Elementary School on Oct 26. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Registration for the 5K race begins at 7 a.m., with the race kicking off at 8:30 a.m. Awards for the 5K will be handed out around 10 a.m. and other races, including a child's coarse with obstacles, will begin around 10 a.m. All of the proceeds from this event go to the students of Meyers Elementary School.
Historian Lou Bernard will lead a "Haunted Walking Tour" of Lock Haven at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29. The tour will begin in front of Ross Library. Proceeds from this event go to Lock Haven University's History Honor Society, who in turn sponsor the tour and the library.
The Sabinsville Ambulance Assn. will hold a party at its building from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.