First Posted: 10/21/2009
As Halloween nears, municipalities and local churches are gearing up to offer trick-or-treat and trunk-or-treat opportunities for county residents.
Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, but not all events will be held that day. School and daycare groups in Pilot Mountain often come downtown on Halloween to collect goodies from businesses. Since Halloween is not during the week this year, Pilot Mountain Town Hall employees say youngsters will probably be brought downtown on Friday afternoon.
In Mount Airy, downtown trick-or-treating will take place on Saturday. Brandt Scholz, president of the Downtown Business Association, said there had been discussion about moving the trick-or-treating day, but many businesses are still open on Saturday. Scholz said the DBA will probably only ever move its sponsored trick-or-treating event on the years that Halloween falls on a Sunday.
The DBA has organized trick-or-treating downtown on Halloween from 3 to 5 p.m. Many businesses will provide candy to youth of all ages who want to trick or treat. Participating businesses will have trick-or-treat fliers on their doors.
Over the years, more and more shops are participating, Scholz stated.
At 5 p.m. the DBA will host a costume contest at the courtyard above the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. The dress-up categories are family, ages 4 and under, ages 5 to 8, and ages 9 to 12. The current mayor of Mount Airy, Jack Loftis, and remaining candidates for mayor will judge the competition.
The town of Dobson has not scheduled any events for Halloween thus far, but trick-or-treating is permitted throughout all of the Surry County municipalities on Halloween.
Another growing tradition in connection with Halloween is trunk-or-treating. With this activity, children go around to peoples cars, parked at a designated area such as a church parking lot, to collect candy from their trunks. Some claim this is a safer way for children to collect candy. The car trunks are often decorated for the occasion.
The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will host a Halloween Carnival and trunk or treat in Veterans Park on Halloween from 5 to 8 p.m. Children ages 12 and under can participate. The event is free, and care packages will be taken up for the troops.
Many local churches host trunk-or-treating in their parking lots. One of the first such upcoming events is a trunk-or-treat event for all ages at Willow Hill Moravian Church at 4 p.m. this Saturday. Food, games, and candy will be available, and everyone is welcome.
Central United Methodist Church in Mount Airy will host The Great Pumpkin Celebration and Trunk N Treat this Sunday at 5 p.m. There will be pumpkin games, a mystery table, pumpkin creations, catch the candy corn, smores, toe jam, ghost bowling, the quirky cake walk, mission pie throwing time, and the haunted hut. Children are encouraged to wear appropriate costumes.
Also this Sunday, First Baptist Church of Mount Airy will hold a trunk or treat. This event will last from 5 to 6 p.m. Children can come dressed in their Halloween costumes and trick or treat from trunk to trunk. Church members are encouraged to decorate their cars and bring candy for the event.
Fellowship Baptist Church in Mount Airy will have trunk-or-treating after their 7 p.m. service on Wednesday., Oct. 28. Piney Grove Baptist Church in Mount Airy will host trunk-or-treating from 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween.
These are just some off the opportunities for families wanting to trick or treat or trunk or treat this Halloween in Surry County.
Contact Meghann Evans at [email protected] or 719-1952.