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Communities gearing up for Halloween

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

Henry County residents will open their front doors to little boys and ghouls for treats (no tricks) on Halloween night this year.

All of Henry County including Campbellsburg, Eminence, New Castle, Pleasureville and Smithfield’s trick-or-treating hours are Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 until 8 p.m.

Henry County residents looking for something to do beyond trick-or-treating may want to check out another close-by option.

On Halloween Eve all are invited to the Renaissance Festival grounds for an

evening of trick or treating and activities as the Highland Renaissance Festival hosts the Second Annual Trick or Treat Night. Renaissance Festival director Ed Frederick said 850 children enjoyed the festivities in 2007.

Event coordinator Shawn Bright said the event is sponsored by the Renaissance Festival, the City of Eminence and local merchants.

To set the mood the woods surrounding the Renaissance grounds will be transformed into a Haunted Forest.

Bright said the 39 members of Eminence High School’s senior class have taken on the challenge this year. “They’re working hard,” he said.

Bright said the students will have some not-so-frightening haunts in the woods at the entrance to the grounds for younger children. Scarier apparitions will bedevil more mature visitors in deeper, darker recesses of the forest.

“People drive all the way up to Indiana for a haunted forest,” he said. “We have it right here.”

The high school seniors request a two-dollar donation to benefit the senior activities fund.

Bright said costumed Star Wars characters also will stroll the grounds interacting with attendees.

Local merchants will hand out treats from booths ringing the grounds. “The kids will get all the candy they could want,” he said. There will be other food and beverages available as well. “We’ll have hot dogs, chips and sodas,” Fredericks said.

Activities include storytelling, face-painting, cornhole games and a bouncy castle. “A lot of people last year couldn’t believe this is all free,” Bright said.

New to the event this year is live music. Local band, Sugarfoot has donated their time and will perform Halloween-themed music. “They are going to sing stuff like ‘The Monster Mash,’” he said.

Bright said Trick or Treat Night offers a safe environment for children to enjoy a fun Halloween atmosphere. “A lot of parents don’t want to take their kids door-to-door,” he said, “and this is pretty much a free night.”

The Renaissance Festival grounds are located at 955 Elm Street, Eminence. Hours are Thursday, October 30 from 6 until 8 p.m.

For more information, Shawn Bright can be reached at (502) 220-8366 or call the Renaissance Festival office at 859-846-4530.

Admission is a non-perish-able food item. Food will be given to the Eminence Food Bank. “We collected a truckload of food last year,” Fredericks said. Please check that food is not past its expiration date.

If the weather plays tricks, the event will move inside the roomy restaurant at the fairegrounds.

“It should be a huge event,” Bright said.

Also, the Henry County Local will hold its annual Halloween pictures event on Halloween night. Doors open at 5, and the event will run until 8 p.m. Copies of the pictures will run in the Nov. 5 edition of the Local, and can be purchased for $1 the night of the event.

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