There's no shortage of places to wear that Lumpy Space Princess costume this year.
There are parties for teens in Andrews and Huntington, a pumpkin hunt in the dark in Huntington, a costume parade with a side of scarecrows and chili in Warren, another parade of costumed creatures in Huntington, goblins and games in Zanesville and a 5K run in Huntington that may earn its participants a few puzzled looks from the uninitiated.
In addition to the traditional trick-or-treating, numerous organizations will hold trunk-or-treat events where youngsters can collect candy from the trunks of decorated vehicles.
Most area communities have announced set hours for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. Those hours are:
• Andrews - Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Huntington - Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Markle - Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Roanoke - Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Warren - Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Zanesville - Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Community parties throughout the area include:
Great Pumpkin Hunt at Hier's Park
The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department will host its Great Pumpkin Hunt at Hier's Park, in Huntington, on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The evening begins at 7 p.m. with coloring and costume contests inside Heritage Hall, followed by the hunt at 7:30 p.m. Children need to bring a bag and a flashlight to search for candy-filled orange and black eggs. Prizes will be awarded, including a bicycle in each of three age groups.
In case of rain, the hunt will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.
For more information, contact the parks department at 358-2323.
Teen Party in Huntington
Students in sixth grade through high school are invited to a Teen Halloween Party on Thursday, Oct. 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library's main facility in Huntington.
Those attending the free celebration are encouraged to dress as one of their favorite book characters for a chance to win prizes. Evening festivities will also include scary stories, book bingo, build-your-own ghost sundaes and more.
Registration is required. To sign up, call the library at 356-2900.
Scarecrow Festival in downtown Warren
The annual Scarecrow Festival in Warren will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A costume parade, open to adults and children dressed in family-friendly costumes, will begin at 6 p.m. at Third and Wayne streets in downtown Warren. After the parade, local organizations and businesses will offer games, activities and treats throughout the evening.
Entries in the scarecrow contest will be displayed along Wayne Street or in front of the creator's home or business. The scarecrows will be judged on Thursday morning, Oct. 25.
A chili cook-off will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, and chili experts have until Wednesday, Oct. 24, to enter the contest by calling Jill Huston at 375-2201, extension 252.
Contestants must prepare at least five gallons of chili and are responsible for their own decorations, table covering, cook stove and utensils. Tables, electricity, cups, napkins and spoons will be provided.
A panel of judges will select the top three pots of chili, and the public will vote on a people's choice award.
Winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m.
Chili, hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase.
In the event of heavy rain, all events will be moved to the Knight-Bergman Center.
The Scarecrow Festival is sponsored by the Warren Chamber of Commerce.
Great Pumpkin Festival in downtown Huntington
The 2012 Great Pumpkin Festival in downtown Huntington will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Downtown businesses will welcome trick-or-treaters from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participating merchants will display a "Safe Trick-or-Treat" sign.
A children's costume parade is also part of the day's festivities. Children should meet at First Federal Savings Bank, located at Jefferson and Tipton streets, at 12:45 p.m. The parade will step off at 1 p.m., and the Huntington Police Department will escort the costumed creatures to the Huntington County Courthouse.
A costume contest will be held at 1:10 p.m. on the Franklin Street side of the courthouse. Trophies will be awarded in three age groups (birth to 3, 4 to 7 and 8 to 12 years) for the scariest, funniest, cutest/prettiest and most unusual costumes.
The dogs will get their day in the Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest, to be held at 2 p.m. at Jefferson and Washington streets. Cider, photos and treats will be available, and cash prizes will be awarded to the scariest and most comical dogs in costume. The dog event is sponsored by The New Huntington Theatre and Supper Club.
Teen Party in Andrews
The Andrews Volunteer Fire Department will host a Teen Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Andrews Fire Station.
The price of admission is one or more non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Andrews food drive for the holidays.
The party will include games, food, drinks, music and door prizes. Awards will be given for the best male costume and best female costume.
The party is open to youth ages 13 to 19.
Fright Night Run and Mummy Walk
The Rotary Club's Fright Night 5K Run will take off from Kriegbaum Field, in Huntington, at 4:30 p.m. Runners will follow a route to Huntington University and back to Kriegbaum.
Race day registration will start at 3:30 p.m.
Registration is also available online at runrace.net or by calling 504-2717.
Fright Night will also include a one-mile Mummy Walk around the track at Kriegbaum.
All runners and walkers are encourage to show up in costume.
Zanesville Lions community party The Zanesville Lions will host their traditional community Halloween party on Monday Oct. 29, at the Zanesville ball park, located at 3088 W. VanHorn St.
Judging for the costume contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in several age categories, Prices will also be awarded for the most original costume and best couple's costume. All of the youngsters will receive treat bags.
After the costume judging, free chili, hot dogs, chips and cheese and drinks will be served in the clubhouse. Bingo will be played, with cookies, cakes and many other items given out as prizes.
Pet parades, trunk-or-treats and other places worth haunting
• Markle Health and Rehabilitation, located at 170 N. Tracy St. in Markle, plans a Halloween Pet Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best overall costume as well as the funniest and the scariest.
• Sonrise Roanoke/Monson Chapel church, located at 12220 Lower Huntington Rd., Roanoke, will hold a trunk-n-treat and chili cook-off on Friday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Youngsters can collect treats from decorated trunks. In addition to the chili cook-off, the evening will include hayrides along with hot dogs and s'mores around the campfire.
For more information, call 414-7772.
• The Knights of Columbus Council 1014, of Huntington, will hold a trunk-or-treat session on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The event will be held in the parking lot of the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 2817 Theater Ave., Huntington.
• Central Living Senior Apartments, 601 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, will hold a Halloween party for area children on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Visitors can enjoy a haunted house, a graveyard and trick-or-treating.
• The Mt. Etna United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of Ind.-9 and Ind.-124 in Huntington County, will hold a trunk-or-treat on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.
The evening will include treats, games and snacks for everyone.
• The Southern Wells Community Church will sponsor a trick-or-trunk session on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Southern Wells School, 9120S-300W, Poneto.
Youngsters are invited to come in their costumes and go from trunk to trunk for games, treats and goodie bags. In the event of rain, activities will be held inside.
For information, call 765-728-2154.
• Children can trick-or-treat through decorated rooms at the Northview Inn & Suites, Huntington, during Hotel Halloween on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sponsors who have decorated the rooms will be handing out treats and competing for the title of best decorated room. Children can win prizes in drawings held throughout the evening.
• Northview Church of Christ, 1900 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, will hold its annual trunk-r-treat on Sunday, Oct. 28. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.
Games, food and treats are included. Those attending are asked not to wear scary costumes.
For information, call 356-2583.
• Youngsters are invited to trick-or-treat at Markle Health and Rehabilitation, 170 N. Tracy St. in Markle, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Games and prizes are included in the evening's festivities.
• St. Peter Lutheran Church, 648 N. LaFontaine St., Huntington, will hold a trunk-or-treat on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Youngsters are invited to trick-or-treat at decorated cars and play games.
• The Haunted Hotel 13th Floor, in downtown Huntington, remains open through Halloween night, Oct. 31. Remaining opportunities to visit are on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Additional information is available online at www.hauntedhuntington.com.
When it's over ...
• When everything's over, Family Dentistry in Huntington, the office of Dr. John Regan, will pay cash and hand out glowing electric toothbrushes in return for excess candy turned in.
Regan, in an attempt to head off tooth decay caused by too many sweets, will pay for up to five pounds of candy per child. In addition to the toothbrushes, children turning in candy will receive treats sweetened with natural xylitol, which Regan says is good for teeth.
Candy may be turned in at Family Dentistry, 650 Cherry St. in Huntington, Nov. 5-9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. All candy collected will be sent to troops overseas through Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization based in San Diego, CA.
Complete caption: Costume contest winners (from left) Avery Drabenstot, Bailey Clark, Gavin Page and Rachael Fulton pose during the 2011 Great Pumpkin Festival in downtown Huntington. The event returns this year on Saturday, Oct. 27, with line-up for the costume parade beginning at 12:45 p.m. at First Federal Savings Bank at Jefferson and Tipton streets.