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Tricks, treats await

Halloween will be celebrated Monday, and trick or treat will be observed all across Halifax County and in the towns of Halifax and South Boston from 6 to 9 p.m.

Haunted trails, houses, costume contests, dances, trunk or treats and other activities are planned throughout the weekend.

The town of Halifax will hold its Trick or Treat on Main Street Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring a costume contest at Hite Insurance for children 12 and under.

Sponsored by the Halifax Village Business Association and the Town of Halifax, the night’s events will feature spooky games throughout the town of Halifax, and trunk or treat will be held at Beth Car Baptist Church and Halifax Volunteer Fire Department.

In South Boston, the police department is reminding all citizens to drive safely while children are trick or treating between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m.

According to South Boston Police Chief James Binner, due to the large turn out of ghosts and goblins expected on Washington Avenue and in the Brentwood subdivision, traffic will be restricted.

On Washington Avenue from 6-9 p.m. traffic will be restricted to one way from Sixth Street to Third Street. In Brentwood subdivision traffic will be routed from Brentwood Drive to Quail Roost Road where traffic cones will be placed on the road to direct traffic flow in the subdivision.

“I would like to remind citizens that the age limit for trick or treating according to Town Code is 13 years old, and persons 16 or older can not wear a mask in public unless they meet certain requirements established in the Code of Virginia,” said Chief Binner.

Other Halloween activities slated include the South Boston-Halifax Junior Woman’s Club Annual Halloween Carnival on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Prizery in South Boston.

Admission is $1 or a canned good, and judging for the costume contest will get under way at 7 p.m. in categories of ages up to 4, 5 to 8 and 9 to 12.

Food and drinks will be available, game tickets are 25 cents each or play all night for $5.

A Halloween dance featuring Matt Boswell and The Hillbilly Blues Band is slated Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the World of Sports in South Boston with a costume contest at 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door for those 21 and older.

Berry Hill Resort also is sponsoring a festive party Halloween night from 8 p.m. to midnight, and tickets are available to persons 21 and older for $25 per couple and $15 for single. A costume contest will be held, and door prizes will be awarded.

South Boston Manor is featuring safe trick or treat night on Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for children 13 and under dressed in costumes and accompanied by an adult.

Boston Commons, located on North Main Street in South Boston, also is offering safe trick or treating on Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Convergence Art Guild, located at 99 South Main Street in Halifax, will present cata9tales with special guests New Born Redemption on Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight followed by a midnight screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Those attending must be 18 to enter.

Triangle Volunteer Fire Department is presenting its Hal-O-Scream Walking Trail at J. O. Crews’ farm located on Ellis Creek Road in Nathalie tonight and Saturday from dark until 10 p.m.

In Scottsburg, the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department will feature its 27th annual haunted house fundraiser on Friday, Saturday and Halloween night beginning at 7 p.m.

Admission is $7 per person with the proceeds going to the fire department.

A Halloween festival is scheduled Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Common Grounds on Halifax Road in South Boston featuring free games, cake walk, costume judging, pumpkin judging, grab bags, finger foods and special ghoulish drinks for sale. Those attending will have an opportunity to guess the number of candy corn in the jar and jump in the bouncy house. Admission is $1.

A Halloween lock-in will take place Friday night from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the World of Sports for ages 6-14. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

McCanless United Methodist Church and Second Baptist Church, both in South Boston, are sponsoring a hall of treats and trunk or treat respectively from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at their churches.

True Light Baptist Church in the Cluster Springs community will hold a fall festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and The Woodview will hold a fall bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and hold a safe trick or treat on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m.

With all the fun activities slated for this weekend, the popular favorite continues to be trick or treat, and the South Boston Police Department offered the following tips for parents and guardians to keep their little ghosts and goblins safe this Halloween:

w Help your child pick out or make a costume that will be safe. Make it fire proof, and the eye holes should be large enough for good peripheral vision.

w Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or a pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.

w Teaching your kids basic everyday safety such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, watching both ways before crossing streets and crossing when the lights tell you to, will help make them safer when they are out.

w Know the route your kids will be taking if you aren’t going with them.

w Make sure you set a time that they should be home by, and make sure they know how important it is for them to be home on time.

w Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism, throwing eggs at a house may seem like fun but they need to know the other side of the coin as well, clean up and damages can ruin Halloween. If they are caught vandalizing, they can be charged with vandalism or damaging property.

w When parked on the side of the road turn your headlights off.

w Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.

w Children should only go to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Children should not enter homes or apartments unless accompanied by an adult.