Halloween comes only once each year, but the evening provides an opportunity for a fun night out for the entire family as costumed children roam neighborhoods knocking on doors, anticipating a bag full of sweet treats when the evening is over.
Some communities even provide open house events, complete with costume contests and refreshments.
While All Hollows Eve is on Saturday, Oct. 31, the village of Sunbury will hold its traditional Beggars Night on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.
When Sunbury Village Council members discussed scheduling Beggars Night they decided to avoid Friday or Saturday evenings that typically have more cars of the road.
The village of Galena’s Beggars Night is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30. Ghosts and goblins will be knocking on Galena neighborhood doors between 6 and 7:15 p.m.
Galena’s annual Halloween costume contest will follow at 7:30 p.m. at Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison St. Judges will be looking for the best ghouls, goblins, pirates and princesses. Costumes will be judged for first, second and third places for age groups 0-4, 5-7, 8-10, 11 and up, and for groups.
Genoa Township’s neighborhood Beggars Night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Genoa Township will host its annual open house and Trick or Treat Village from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Genoa Township Safety Service Complex, 7049 Big Walnut Road (at the intersection with State Route 3).
For additional information, call the Genoa Township Administration Office at 740-895-1126; or go to genoatwp.com.
One final note: Halloween is a children’s night out. Organizers of all eastern Delaware County Beggars Night activities encourage drivers to use extra caution on roadways and while driving in area neighborhoods.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093