2015 Darke County Halloween events


The Great Pumpkin Hunt

GREENVILLE – Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Wander through the woods in search of fall’s most popular color, orange! Each pumpkin contains a special fall treat, but participants must answer some fall trivia questions to find the hidden goodies.

Inside the Nature Center each child will get a pumpkin to paint and take home. Children are encouraged to wear a costume and receive an extra prize! The Great Pumpkin Hunt will take place on Oct. 24 from 1-3 p.m. at Shawnee Prairie Preserve located at 4267 State Route 502 west of Greenville.

Pre-registration is required, and a $6 fee is charged. To register for this fun fall event, call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165.

To find out more about the other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the office, check out the website at darkecountyparks.org, or make the trip out to visit the Nature Center itself.

Area Trick-or-Treat

GREENVILLE – Trick or Treat in the City of Greenville will be from 2 -4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Your cooperation is appreciated in keeping with this time frame. If you plan on participating in handing out candy, please turn on your porch light.

Parents or guardians are encouraged to accompany children during this time.

VERSAILLES – The Village of Versailles’ Halloween Trick-or-Treat will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 2 – 4 p.m. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution during this event.

ARCANUM – Trick-or-Treat for the village will be Sunday, Oct. 25 from 2-4 p.m.

ANSONIA – Trick-or-Treat for the village will be Sunday, Oct. 25 from 2-4 p.m.

NEW MADISON – Trick-or-Treat for the village will be Sunday, Oct. 25 from 2-4 p.m.

Union City Trunk or Treat

UNION CITY – Halloween schedule for Oct. 31. It is as follows: 3-4:15 p.m., trunk or treat at Railroad Park; 4:15-5:30 p.m., costume pageant and parade at the downtown park in Union City, Indiana; 6-8p.m., trick or treat in Union City, Ohio; 8-9:30 p.m., Halloween Jam at the police and fire building with free food and entertainment.

Bible Fellowship hosts Trunk or Treat Event

GREENVILLE – Looking for a fun and safe way to enjoy trick or treating? Then, Bible Fellowship Church in Greenville cordially invites you to attend our annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 5-730 p.m.

Come out and enjoy our Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins decorated by our different ministries at BFC. Our KRASH crew (3-5 graders) will organize the pumpkin patch and everyone will get to enjoy some Bible trivia – Trunk or Treat style!

Hot dogs and soup and will be served at the picnic pavilion, so come out and enjoy the evening with us. Kids of all ages will enjoy dressing up and collecting treats.

Bible Fellowship Church is located at 7757 Greenville-Celina Road, Greenville, Ohio. For more information, call 937-547-1952.

S.H.I.N.E. Family Fall Festival

GREENVILLE – On Sunday, Oct. 25, kids of all shapes and sizes dressed as princesses, cowboys and Superheroes will converge on EUM Worship Center for S.H.I.N.E., a community wide alternative to traditional Trick or Treat. S.H.I.N.E. is short for Share His Incredible News Everywhere and is hosted by Children’s Ministry at EUM Church.

It’s a great way for kids and families from all over Darke County and beyond to participate in a safe, secure event that not only offers the fun, costumes and candy of a traditional Trick or Treat, but also conveys a great message of faith. This year’s theme will be “Marvelous Superheroes.”

The area surrounding the Worship Center will be transformed into a fall festival including a storytelling arena where kids and their parents will move through eight different stations. Each station will tell the story of a real life superhero from the Bible. The kids will be given candy that represents the story just told. By the time they have moved through all stations, each child will not only have collected lots of candy, but more importantly, learn a little more about God’s word.

EUM will have a Superhero photo booth, games, activities and inflatables for kids. There will also be the very popular hayride to the pumpkin patch where every child will pick a pumpkin to decorate. (Weather permitting).

The entire community is invited and welcome. If you have children ages newborn through grade 6, please come and enjoy a free evening of family fun on Oct. 25 at the Worship Center on the corner of Sater and Sebring Warner Roads in Greenville, Ohio. The festival will be open from 4-7 p.m. We will also have free hot chocolate, hot dogs and popcorn available and a chance to win some great door prizes.

In the event of rain, S.H.I.N.E. will be moved inside to the Sanctuary. For more information, contact EUM Church, Elaine Snyder at 548-3211 ext. 202 or [email protected].

Versailles Trunk or Treat

VERSAILLES — The second annual fun-filled “Trunk or Treat” is taking place on Oct. 25 from 2-4 p.m. on West Ward Street, between West and Pearl streets in front of the Versailles Christian Church.

“Several cars / vans / trucks will be lining the street –with decorated trunks – and giving out yummy candy and treats to every ‘trick or treater’,” said organizers. “There will also be a fun Bounce House … free grilled hot dogs with condiments … free bottled water … and music! Bring your entire family down to ‘Trunk or Treat’!”

If anyone is needing additional information, call VCC (Versailles Christian Church) at 937-526-4194 -or- visit: www.versaillescc.com

Beggars’ Night in downtown Greenville

GREENVILLE – Beggar’s Night will be held in downtown Greenville on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

Enjoy all the festivities of Beggars’ Night in downtown Greenville, starting with BlueBag Media Costume Contest and Parade. It is free for anyone who decides to dress-up… and there are cash prizes involved for the winners!

Anyone who wishes to enter the Costume Contest/Parade should arrive on 5th St. (near the Wayne Cinema) at 6:30 p.m. The Costume Parade will then travel down Broadway to the City Building where the judging will take place.

The ‘trick-or-treating’ will begin after the parade and judging.

Ghost Walk tickets on sale

GREENVILLE – Darke County Center for the Arts will continue a long-standing Halloween-season tradition when they host their 12th annual Ghost Walk in Downtown Greenville on Friday, Oct. 30, Saturday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 1.

Based on stories collected by Arcanum resident Rita Arnold which tell of local ghostly encounters, walks will begin at St. Clair Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m., and last for about an hour and a half.

Some tour sites include uneven terrain and may be located in dimly lighted areas. Also, as in years past, Ghost Walk will be held regardless of weather conditions; if seriously inclement weather occurs, the stories will be told indoors.

Greenville Masonic Lodge #143 Craft Club will be serving refreshments at St. Clair Memorial Hall before and after the event.

Tickets for the Ghost Walk cost $10, and are available at Greenville Public Library, as well as at Ann’s Gifts, Readmore’s Hallmark, and Darke County Visitors Bureau Welcome Center in downtown Greenville; tickets will also be sold at the door.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 and online at www.centerforarts.net.

‘Fright Night’ at the library

GREENVILLE – Be prepared to be scared! The Greenville Public Library’s second annual “Fright Night” haunted library will take place Halloween weekend on both Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31 from 7 – 10 p.m.

The library will be closed at 3 p.m. on Friday and all day on Saturday.

This event is being conducted by Gateway Youth with assistance from other community groups such as the ACES kids, Darke County Recovery staff, the Library staff, and the GHS theater group. They’re busy building scenes and characters and preparing costumes and makeup.

Some of the scenes encountered along the pre-designated route will be a chamber of horrors, a zombie graveyard, a mad scientist’s laboratory, a haunted maze, and the usual witches, monsters, and aliens. You’ll be surprised, shocked, and spooked!

Price is $5 per person at the door. “Fright Night” is a fundraising event for Gateway which is a non-profit. As Support Specialist Ruth Barga explains, Gateway is a program that helps kids in resolving socialization issues, improving grades, learning good manners, helping with stress and family dynamics, and becoming involved in the community. See gatewayyouthprograms.org.

October 30, 31, and Nov. 1 are the dates for the Darke County Center for the Arts “Ghost Walk” which begins next door at the Memorial Hall. This year they’re featuring a new ghost story about the Library!

“You won’t want to miss either event this Halloween. Bring the whole family for fun, thrills, and a little local history!,” said organizers.


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