Friday fun for costumed children around town

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin
Gary Peterson of Dry Creek Firearms hands out candy at last year’s Merchants Trick or Treat.

The Friday before Halloween is one of the most exciting days of the year for local children to scamper around town in their Halloween costumes and grab as much candy as they can. Many families trick or treat around town with the Merchants Trick or Treat and then head over to Pearce Community Center for Spooktacular.

Merchants Trick or Treat begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 5 p.m. or when merchants run out of candy. The 900 and 1000 block of Second Street will be closed to allow for trick-or-treaters to navigate the area safely. But, do not forget that many other businesses are joining in the fun. For a listing of all the participating merchants, find the flyers at Beck’s, Chillicothe Public Library, Pearce and the windows of local merchants. Check out the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page for all the details.

In its 22nd year, Pearce Community Center becomes the Halloween central of town with trick-or-treaters running around, playing games, eating dinner and showing off their costumes. Included in the evening are carnival games from M & K Parties, a flashlight haunted house, balloon animals by The Unique Twist, face painting and the ever popular costume contest at 5:30 p.m. Game tickets are sold at the door for a minimal 25 cents per ticket or five tickets for $1. A hot dog/chili dog dinner also is offered at $3 for children ages 12 and under, as well as $5 for adults.

About the events

MERCHANTS’ TRICK OR TREAT 3-5 p.m. Friday at Chillicothe businesses; call 274-4556 for more information

SPOOKTACULAR 4-6:30 p.m. Friday at Pearce Community Center; call 274-4209 for more information