Halloween Happenings

The end of October provides ample opportunity to enjoy many autumn activities, and the most ghoulish time of year presents an opportunity for tricksters, treat getters and candy lovers to get out and fill the bags with as much sugary snacks as possible.

Here is an extensive list of some of the activities in the area.


Visitors can take a haunted through the past this weekend. The Washington County Historical Society will present its second annual Haunted Depot on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 at the historic L&N Depot. The event is $3 per person and will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. both nights. Proceeds go toward the historical society.

Meier’s Chevrolet is hosting a Trunk or Treat this coming Friday, October 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include free chili and hot dogs in addition to goodies for the treat bags.

The Nashville Lions Club, the Community Center and area churches  host its annual parade, carnival, trunk or treat and costume judging on Sunday, October 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Community Center.

The free event is for children from birth to 12 years old, and it will include an opportunity to donate old eyeglasses to the Lions Club. Sight and Sound Program. Those who donate will also be entered into a special raffle drawing.

The Washington County Animal Control shelter is hosting a Meet and Treat pet event on Tuesday, October 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. The open house includes a night where the dogs will be dressed up and not the humans! There will be trick-or-treating for the kids, snacks for the adults and a costume contest for the dogs and cats where the kids will be the judges. Random prizes to be given away throughout the night. Check out the Animal Control’s Facebook page for more information.

The Tri M honor society will also be hosting a haunted house at the community center from 7:00pm-11:00pm on Friday and Saturday (the 26th & 27th). Different levels of “scary” to accommodate even young children.

The Washington County State Lake Campground also has trick or treating for everyone Saturday (27th) in the evening. Most sites have decorations up for Halloween and all are welcome.

Pumpkin Patch

Country Kids Pumpkin Patch is open in Hoyleton through Tuesday, October 30. Charlene Herrmann, who owns the patch with her husband Carl, said this year has been a particularly good year for the pumpkins, and there are several variety ready for picking.

Some of the activities at the pumpkin patch include a large slide, petting zoo, pedal go karts, rubber ducky water races and much more.

“It’s great to see all the smiles on all the kids’ faces,” Herrmann said.

For more information about the patch, check out its website.

Trick or Treat Times

Nashville City has set its trick or treating hours for Halloween night from 5 to 8 p.m. Bonnie Cafe will also be passing out candy and having a costume contest for the kids on Halloween night.

The Nashville News is welcoming trick-or-treaters to stop by the office on their way to the downtown area for candy and the opportunity to be featured in the paper and on our web gallery.

The photos will be taken during the city’s set trick-or-treat hours. No appointment is necessary.

Okawville is also gearing up for their sweet trick or treat. The hours are Halloween, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. for children 12 years old and younger.

New Minden is set for trick or treaters on All Hallows Eve this Wednesday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Ashley has an earlier trick or treat time, which will be held on Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Hoyleton is this Friday, October 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. for children 12 years old and younger.

Venedy has set its trick or treat times for Halloween night from 6 to 8 p.m. for children 12 years old and younger.

Du Bois is set for trick or treat on Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Irvington has a couple of events set for this coming weekend. A trunk-or-treat has will be held at Friedens United Church of Christ on Friday, October 26 from 5 to 6 p.m., the same time as the town-wide trick or treat. A new event this year is the “Movie in the Park,” which will screen “Hotel Transylvania 3” at 7:45 p.m. under the park pavilion weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be moved to the community building. A few snacks will be provided.

Addieville trick or treaters can start their treks on Halloween night from 5 to 8 p.m.

Pumpkin Patch

Illiana Grimes, 9, of Centralia looks over the patch at Country Kids in Hoyleton on Monday looking for her perfect gourd for her decor. “I found the coolest pumpkin!” she said.

Pumpkin Patch

Kyden Garrison, 5, of Carlyle reaches the end of the slide at Country Kids patch in Hoyleton. He had earlier picked out a pumpkin that he proudly said would be “half Black Panther and half zombie.”
Country Kids Pumpkin Patch is open through the week until October 30.

Haunted Depot

A family waits for the ghost train at the L&N Depot in Nashville. The Washington County Historical Society presents the Haunted Deport this Friday and Saturday.

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