As the air gets a bit more chilly and spooky, Clinton County will embrace that spirit in combination with family fun for some special Halloween events.
Main Street Wilmington is planning a Halloween Hoopla for Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. on Main Street, followed by the annual Trunk or Treat at Denver Williams Park from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Clinton-Warren Fire Department in Clarksville will hold a fun and safe Trunk or Treat event for the community at their firehouse from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Ruth Brindle, co-director of Main Street Wilmington, said since the Parks Department and Main Street each has an event, they decided to work together.
Halloween Hoopla will take place at the Murphy Theatre, where there will be face painting, pumpkin painting, games, and at 2:30 p.m. a screening of “Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween.”
Brindle said this event is mainly aimed at the “itty bitty” kids.
“The Murphy has graciously offered for kids ten and under to get a little popcorn bag and a juice box for the movie. And when the movie is over,” said Brindle, “we’ll have a little treat bag for the kids, and for the adults we’ll have coupons for downtown merchants and flyers about upcoming events.”
This the first time for this particular Main Street Wilmington event; in previous years, they’ve held the Downtown Trick or Treat.
“We want to tweak some things to make it a safer event for kids who are involved, first of all, because we didn’t have the streets closed for that,” she said, adding the event could get overwhelming for some of the small businesses. “This was an opportunity where you can still come downtown but still do Halloween stuff.”
Around Clarksville, they’re trying to bring back some good safe fun for the kids, according to Capt. Michele Whipple of the Clinton-Warren Joint Fire District.
“We are offering the community, surrounding businesses and churches to get involved to do a trunk or treat, decorating, dress up, and pass out candy,” said Whipple.
The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office’s D.A.R.E. program, MedFlight, and a special guest mascot are planned for the event.
It will take place between 5 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Clinton-Warren Fire Department, 82 Spring Hill Road, Clarksville.
Reach John Hamilton at 937-382-2574