Halloween Spooktacular set for Oct. 26

NEWTON, NC (Sept. 18, 2013) – Start planning your Halloween costume and mark your calendar for the Downtown Newton Halloween Spooktacular. From 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26, activities such as costume contests, games, trick-or-treating and trunk or treat will be ongoing around the 1924 Courthouse Square.

Dress up your four-legged friends and be downtown by 5 p.m. for the Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular Costume Contest. Participants will compete for the Best Overall Handmade Costume and Best Overall Commercial Costume in canine and/or non-canine divisions.

The Ghouls and Goblins Costume Contest begins at 6 p.m.. The contest will feature two categories, original (handmade) and commercial, with one winner in each of the following age groups: 0-3, 4-7, 8-12, 13-17, and 18+. Each participant will receive a goody bag.

Pre-registration for both contests continues until Oct. 24. Entries will be accepted for the Howl-O-Ween contest from 4 to 4:30 p.m. and Ghouls and Goblins entries accepted from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Learn more about the costume contests on our Parks & Recreation page.

Area residents are invited to attend Spooktacular for safe trick-or-treating. Local churches, businesses, and civic organizations are encouraged to join in this community event. The goal of the event is to provide an old-fashioned fall festival that is family-friendly, featuring storefront decorations, Halloween-themed inflatables, games, and candy. More than 1,500 pounds of candy was distributed last year. In addition, fall scene costume photos will be taken again this year, and will be available for free download on the City’s Flickr page.

This year’s Spooktacular is sponsored by Honey’s IGA Supermarkets of Newton and Vale and Pepsi of Hickory. The event is hosted by the Newton Festival & Events Committee and the Newton Parks & Recreation Department.

If your church, organization, or business is interested in participating in the “trunk or treat,” call Festival & Events Committee Chairperson Jessica Setzer at 828-578-0127. For more information about the costume contests, contact the Newton Parks & Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.

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