By Eddie West
While there will still be plenty of door-to-door trick-or-treating come Halloween night (Tuesday, October 31), celebrating the holiday is trending toward more organized community events.
Here’s some local community events taking place Halloween night:
•The annual Hometown Halloween will be held on the square in downtown Carthage from 4-7 p.m., Halloween night (October 31). Various businesses, individuals, and community organizations will be set up handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. The event will include a costume contest for both people and pets. There will also be a haunted maze and pumpkin carving contest. The event is organized by the Smith County Events Committee. This annual event originally began several years ago as the Jeepers Creepers Trunk-or-Treat. Vehicle owners, many owners of Jeeps, would set up and hand out candy to trick-or-treaters from the trunk of their vehicle on Main Street. The event has grown to include additional activities.
•The Gordonsville Halloween Bash will be held on Main Street in Gordonsville from 5-8 p.m., October 31. Business owners, organizations and individuals will be handing out candy. Domino’s Pizza and Helen’s Restaurant and Catering will be among the vendors.
•Chestnut Mound Christian Fellowship Church, located at 916 Cookeville Highway in Chestnut Mound will be holding Trunk-or-Treat Halloween night (October 31). The family event will take place from 5-8 p.m. and features hotdogs, drinks and goodies.
•Brush Creek Haunted Barn is taking place from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, as well as Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31. The location is 34 Luther Allen Lane which is in the Gordonsville area. Donations will be accepted at the entrance. All donations benefit Smith County Humane.
Organized events are becoming more popular because of safety issues associated with children approaching a stranger’s door or residence. Door-to-door trick-or-treating is limited to certain neighborhoods or maybe only friends and relatives.
A second reason organized events are becoming more popular is an increasing number of adults are celebrating Halloween, dressing themselves and, in some instances, their pets for a night of fun and frolic.
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