A Marion (Trick or) Treat

woman dressed as a witch and man in black and white stripes

Fun and fright are just around the corner, and Marion County is getting ready to scare and try not to get scared!

Before you jump ahead to the bewitching hours (and by that, I mean going door-to-door asking strangers for food), let’s do a quick recap of Halloween safety.

Halloween Safety

  1. Have sight. Carry glow sticks and flashlights to see where you’re going.
  2. Be visible. Get reflective tape and/or stickers to put on costumes and bags so drivers can see you.
  3. Be vigilant. Always look both ways before crossing the street.
  4. Be aware. Don’t text and walk.
  5. Be coordinated. Make sure your costume fits just right.

And if your costume is tripping you up, avoid falls by getting something better at Illusive Skull Costume Castle. It’s also better to complete your costume with face paints rather than a mask so as not to obscure your vision, which Illusive Skull has plenty of!

Now for the information we’ve all been waiting for… trick-or-treating around the county will take place on Halloween (Oct. 31.) at various times.

Barrackville: 6- 7 p.m.
Fairmont: 6:30- 8 p.m.
Fairview: 6- 7:30 p.m.
Farmington: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Grant Town: 7- 8 p.m.
Mannington: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Pleasant Valley: 6- 7 p.m.
Rivesville: 6- 7:30 p.m.
White Hall: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Worthington: 6- 7 p.m.

Beyond Trick or Treating

A town practically in and of itself, make sure you go trick-or-treating at Fairmont State University. Hardway Haunt will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 30. But don’t just get candy, win all the carnival games!

If you really want to scare yourself and all your friends, make sure Grant Town is on your trick-or-treat list. A haunted house awaits that’s definitely more trick than treat. Can you handle the fear… and concession stand full of baked goods?

Maybe you’d rather watch the fun than sing it? We’ve got you covered! The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy will be performed at Fairmont State University Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 1-3. (Call 304-367-4240 for tickets and all the deets!)

And if you can’t handle the fear, Palatine Park’s Fall Fest is the place for you! Listen to live music from the Fairmont State Academy for the Arts. Rather perform? Magic Mic, The King of Karaoke, will set up the singin’ necessities for you! Shop around the vendors, the craft booths and go trunk-or-treating at the riverside.

And if you’re handing out candy to the ghouls, ghosts, and goblins around the county, be sure to stock up on candies! (Ghouls are notoriously hungry.) Get the healthiest sweets around at Health Naturally. Or, enjoy the ‘trick’ part of trick-or-treating, and get delicious veggies and fruits from Speedway Market.

And for those Halloween parties, check out the pumpkiny and autumnal options of treats at Cakes with a Personal Touch.

No plans on Halloween Night? Short Story Brewing and The Rambling Root have plans already made for you! Dress up, drink up and enjoy the classics of horror all night long (until midnight) at The Root. After or instead of trick-or-treating, head to Short Story for the Trick or Treat After Party for spooky games, spooky food, and spooky costume competitions!

What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

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