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Ghouls, witches and goblins – children dressed up in costumes – will soon roam the streets of Halifax County in search of candy to satisfy their sweet tooth this Halloween.
The City of Halifax and the City of South Boston will traditionally observe Halloween on Monday nights. In the city of Halifax, candy hours will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, with the Halifax Village Association hosting its annual candy bar event downtown.
“Every year this event grows and we expect a strong turnout this year as well. As in previous years, this event will take place rain or shine,” said Halifax Police Chief Stuart Comer.
Comer added that the police department would be “out in force” on downtown Halloween night to ensure a safe and fun time for anyone who takes part in the trick-or-treating and other activities.
“We will have a police officer stationed at each of the downtown crosswalks,” Comer said. “These officers will ensure that children and parents attending the events can cross the street safely. We ask all attendees to please make sure to use the crosswalks when crossing the street and an officer will assist you.
Deception or door-to-door treatment hours will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and those participating in door-to-door deception or treatment must be 13 years of age or younger, depending on the code of the city.
The South Boston Police Department is urging motorists to be extra careful of foot traffic during candy hours, especially in the North Main Street area.
South Boston Police and Public Works employees will help keep traffic flowing in and around the Brentwood and Washington Avenue Subdivision. The police department asks motorists to be extremely careful and to be on the lookout for trick-or-treaters along the streets.
Downtown South Boston Farmers’ Market Halloween Show
Halloween celebrations will kick off over the weekend, starting with a Halloween Extravaganza at the Downtown South Boston Farmers Market at 300 Broad St. Fun is in store for kids and adults alike during the free celebration, which begins at 8 a.m. Saturday morning hours at the market.
“This year’s event is one of the largest to date and we’ve been working on it for weeks,” Market President Paige Fallen said in a press release. “In addition to our vendors handing out candy on a Trail of Treats, there will be free food and drink, contests, games, and vendors selling breakfasts, pastries, produce, and other surprises. Halloween-themed fun.”
Those craving a delicious Halloween-themed breakfast of pancakes and waffles concocted by Sweet and Southern should plan to arrive at the extravaganza early. Fallen noted that pancakes and waffles are always popular at Farmer’s Market events.
Those who arrive early at the market will also receive a special gift: a slice of apple pie donated by Bonita Orendorf of Homestead Baking. Homestead Baking also serves free hot cider, and Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital provides free bottled water to extravagant attendees.
The highlights of the Halloween Extravaganza are a pumpkin carving contest and a costume contest for people of all ages, and even pets.
“This year, we’ve added two contests to the celebration,” Fallen explained. “There will be a pumpkin carving contest and judging will take place at 10 a.m. Participants bring their pumpkins already carved and decorated for the contest. There is also a costume contest which includes children, adults and pets. Judging is at 10:30 a.m. and there are prizes for several age categories and one for animals.
In addition to the Market Extravaganza festivities, there are plenty of activities for kids including a bouncy house, LEGO building station and water balloon launch. Children will also have the opportunity to taste a fruit or vegetable and win a $5 voucher to spend at the market as part of the Power of Produce (POP) Club. Special for the Halloween extravaganza, children attending the POP Club can enjoy “Juice Sipping” from Magic Elixir (apple juice) or Bloody Mary cocktails (tomato juice).
The treats in store for everyone during the Halloween extravaganza are offerings from vendors such as “Pop’s Corn” and entertainment by Joshua Ray, a local musician, from 9 a.m. to noon. Pop’s Corn is a new vendor at the Farmers Market this year, and its hot corn has become a popular item. For the Halloween extravaganza, Pop’s Corn will be selling Frankenstein’s Innards (green hot corn).
Downtown Halifax Trick-or-Treat
Halifax kids have the opportunity to go downtown on Monday nights. The Halifax Village Association will host the downtown Trick-or-Treat event “No tricks all Treats” from 6-8 p.m. This is the first time the Association has hosted the Trick-or-Treat event since 2019 due to COVID-19 restrictions. .
“Everyone is excited about it. It’s one more step towards getting back to normal,” said Marsha Hite of Hite Insurance Agency and president of the Halifax Village Association.
Downtown merchants will hand out candy to cheaters when they stop by their stores. Groups will also be set up at the old Exxon gas station on South Main to distribute candy to children. A Halifax Fire Department truck will also be on site. In addition, a photo booth will be installed, allowing parents to immortalize the joy of their little pranksters.
To add to the fun, cheaters will have the chance to enter a costume contest organized by Hite Insurance Agency. A winner will be chosen from four different age groups from 0 to 12 years old. Hite Insurance Agency will reward each winner by opening a savings account at Benchmark Community Bank. Costumes will be judged on creativity.
“We’re looking for something unique, someone who’s made their own costume or added to a store-bought costume,” Hite explained. “We always get a lot of unique costumes, so it’s a tough decision to make.”
Hite said the Association started downtown years ago, to “give back” to the community and “bring people to downtown Halifax.” It’s a tradition that has taken root in the city of Halifax and seems to be as much fun for downtown merchants as it is for kids.
“It’s just a joy to see all the kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes,” Hite remarked.
Halloween Safety Tips
Local police offer tips for staying safe on Halloween.
Comer advises parents and guardians to keep their children “close” during the trick or treatment.
“Security is our main concern on Halloween; we want everyone to be safe,” the Halifax police chief said.
Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year, according to a news release from the South Boston Police Department. For this reason, the police department offers the following safety guidelines for deceivers.
Pack glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags, and wear light colors to help children see and be seen by drivers.
Join kids under 12 for a trick or treat.
Slow down and be careful. Children are excited on Halloween and can rush to the streets. Turn on the headlights early in the day to spot children from farther away.
Remind children to cross the street at corners or crosswalks.
When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to avoid trips and falls. Choose face paint over masks when possible. Masks can limit children’s vision.