Halloween Spooktacular

NEWTON, N.C. (Oct. 9, 2015)—The Halloween Spooktacular returns to Downtown Newton on Saturday, Oct. 24.

SpooktacularThe fun starts at 5 p.m. with a variety of activities around the 1924 Courthouse Square including trick or treating, games, costume contests, food vendors, a ghost tour, and photo-ops with costumed characters from your favorite movies!

This year's Spooktacular will feature two costume contests: the pet-friendly Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest and the Ghouls and Goblins Costume Contest for people. Both contests will be on the east side of the courthouse. Goody bags and prizes will be available to all contestants.

The Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest begins at 5 p.m. Participants will have the chance to dress their four-legged friends in their favorite Halloween costume to compete for best handmade costume and best commercial costume in canine and non-canine divisions.

The Ghouls and Goblins Costume Contest starts at 6 p.m. The contest will feature one winner in each of the following age groups: infant-3 years old, 4-7 years old, 8-12 years old, 13-17 years old, and 18 and older. Contestants will compete for best handmade costume and best commercial costume. 

Preregistration for both costume contests by Oct. 22 is encouraged. Register by calling the Newton Recreation Department at 828-695-4317. Contest entries will also be accepted the day of Spooktacular from 4-4:30 p.m. for Howl-O-Ween contestants and from 5-5:30 p.m. for Ghouls and Goblins contestants. Sponsors making this year's contests possible include Conover Veterinary Hospital, Marie and Twannette’s Bakery & Café, and Perfect Image Hair Salon.

The Catawba County Museum of History’s Ghost Tour will allow you the go on a journey deep into the stories surrounding some of Newton’s most infamous ghost and eerie historical accounts. Tours will be at 6:30 p.m. the night of Spooktacular, as well as at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 17, 23, and 30. Tickets are $10 at the door and will not be sold in advance. Call the museum at 828-465-0383 for more information.

Spooktacular is an old-fashioned fall festival. It’s family-friendly, and features storefront decorations, Halloween-themed inflatables, dinner concessions, and lots of candy. For more information contact