Carve out a good time for Halloween

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

In just a few days, ghouls and goblins, comic book heroes, lady bugs and more will descend upon Henry County.

Halloween festivities kick off on Friday with the Haunted Halloween at the Highland Renaissance Festival from 6 until 8 p.m.

The event is cosponsored by the city of Eminence and Highland Renaissance.

Admission is one non-perishable food item to be donated to the local food pantry.

Organizer Shawn Bright said he hopes for a huge turnout.

“The first year’s attendance was 983 and last year’s was 1,850,” he said. “If the weather is good I think we can expect another big crowd.”

Activities include bobbing for apples, face painting, storytellers and a bouncy castle.

Norm’s Food World will provide free hot dogs, chips and sodas (while they last).

Local business representatives also will be on hand to pass out candy for trick or treaters. Bright said the forest will once again be haunted by the Eminence High School seniors.

The $2 admission to the haunted forest is a fundraiser for the class.

Bright said the faire grounds offer a perfect atmosphere for the family-oriented party.

“It’s off the road, very safe,” he said. “It’s like a little enclosed city.”

Bright said he did not anticipate any changes to the event due to flu.

“I’ve heard ‘blank’ had it, but now he’s back to work or ‘blank’ had it, but now he’s back to school,” he said.

On Saturday afternoon the Henry County Library will host its own brand of Halloween fun.

Their children’s Halloween party begins with some “Not So Spooky Stories” at 1 p.m.

A costume contest begins at 1:30. Participants may also get their pictures taken at that time.

A costume parade and trick-or-treating kick off at 1:45 followed by pumpkin painting, Halloween games and activities. Guests can make their own caramel apples at 2:45 to enjoy while screening the Halloween classic movie, “Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein” at 3 p.m.

The Highland Renaissance Festival will host a first-ever adult Halloween Costume Ball on Saturday from 7 until 11 p.m.

Organizer Ed Frederick said the they’ve hired Don’t Pass Go, a Top 40 band out of Lexington to perform. Snacks will be provided. “There will be free chips and stuff on the tables,” he said. Hot hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar also will be available.

“This is something for mom and dad to do on Saturday,” he said.

Prizes will be given for the best costumes. Tickets for this event may be purchased in advance for $10 by calling 859-846-4530

Trick or treat hours are 6 until 8 p.m. on Saturday in all Henry County cities.

As always Henry County residents are invited to the offices of the Henry County Local, 18 Penn Street from 4 until 8 p.m. for pictures and treats.


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