The winds have changed, bringing signs of the spooky season throughout Greater Pittston, and local officials and organizations are ready to offer plenty of Halloween events to the area’s ghosts, goblins and ghouls.
In Pittston City, events manager Sarah Donahue has planned the city’s fifth annual Trick or Treat Main Street event to take over downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Children will get the chance to show off their costumes and participate in a variety of events.
“New this year is the addition of the movie ‘Hocus Pocus,’ being shown at the Slope Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m.,” Donahue said.
The event’s usual attractions will take place mainly in the Lower Tomato Festival Lot and Pocket Park, Donahue said, and will include tractor rides, a bounce house, costume contests for people and pets, a DJ and a farm stand from Brace’s Orchard. The Pocket Park will play host to the Music Scene’s annual “Zombie Dance Party,” along with a balloon artist and face painting.
Donahue said about 25 businesses have agreed to participate in the trick or treat portion of the event, and that list grows daily. She advised bringing a bag to gather treats.
Trick or Treat Main Street is scheduled for Oct. 18, but the rain date will be Friday, Oct. 25.
Pittston Memorial Library will host its annual Scarecrow Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Admission is free and the festival will include refreshments, free kids’ crafts, $10 fall sign making, 25-cent games, a scarecrow contest, a pie contest and more. Contact the library for tickets. To enter a scarecrow, email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Duryea, the borough will host its annual trunk or treat from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in the former Sacred Heart of Jesus parking lot on Stephenson Street.
During the trunk or treat, Holy Rosary School’s eighth grade class will host a haunted house in the former church rectory across the street starting at 7 p.m. Admission costs $2 and will benefit St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton.
The following day, Saturday, Oct. 26, the Duryea Sons of the America Legion Post 585 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227 will host a children’s costume party from 1 to 4 p.m. at the VFW on Stephenson Street. All children up to age 12 can attend. Guests must pre-register at the VFW or American Legion by Wednesday, Oct. 23.
In Dupont, the Crime Watch and Dupont Lions Club have planned a trunk or treat Sunday, Oct. 27, at the parking lot of Sacred Heart Church. The event will feature a costume contest, children’s activities, a hayride and more.
Exeter Events Committee will host its second annual Howl at the Moon Fall Festival from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the St. Cecilia’s Church Grounds on Wyoming Avenue. The event will include live music and vendors. There also will be a bounce house and face painting for the kids.
Jenkins Twp. will host is annual Halloween party at noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at the hose company on Second Street. Children can compete in the costume contest for funniest, scariest, most original, ugliest and cutest costume.
The Pittston Twp. Recreational Board will hold its Halloween party from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at St. Joseph Marello Parish Center on William Street in Pittston. The party will include music, refreshments, door prizes and a costume contest. Anyone attending can also bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food bank.
Wyoming will start the celebrations early this weekend with the Wyoming Free Library Halloween Party in the Park on Sunday, Oct. 13, at Ralph Dailey Memorial Park, West Wyoming. A parade from the West Wyoming Borough Building will start at noon, and the party runs until 1:30 p.m. featuring a trunk or treat, activity stations, raffles and refreshments.
The Wyoming Recreation Board also has planned a trunk or treat event for Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pettibone Park. Those wishing to decorate their trunk and participate can fill out a form on Facebook or at the town hall.