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Whether it’s spooky stories, terrific treats or horrifying haunts, Grant County will have something for everyone this Halloween.
The Monster Mash Halloween in the Park will provide family fun Oct. 30 at Grant County Park in Crittenden.
Sponsored by the Grant County News and Grant County Parks and Recreation, the annual event will feature 25 to 30 businesses handing out candy in the cattle barn.
The candy line will begin at 6 p.m. and the cost of admission is a canned good that will be distributed to local food pantries.
A costume contest will be held at 7:30 p.m. after the candy line finishes.
There will be prizes for winners in age groups birth to 2-year-olds, 3- to 6-year-olds, 7- to 12-year-olds, 13- to 18-year-olds and adults in the categories of scariest, funniest, prettiest, most original and judge’s choice.
“It always a great event,” said Tabatha Fryman, director of Grant County Parks and Recreation. “It’s great to see all the families that come out and the kids in their costumes.”
For those who like frights, once again Grant County Youth Soccer will provide the Trail of Terror during the event.
Admission is free for attendees who go through the candy line and $3 for others.
The haunted trail also will be open Oct. 31.
“The nice thing about (Halloween in the Park) is that it is safe,” Fryman said.
“Since we’ve went to a dual line, the event runs much smoother. We have families in and out of there quick and orderly. Then, if they want to do the haunted trail, they can go over and do that. The event has really evolved over the past few years,” Fryman said.
Any business who would like to participate in the candy line is asked to call parks and recreation at 428-4500.
Trick or Treat
Children also can get their fill of chocolate, bubble gum and other candy door-to-door during regular trick or treat hours.
Trick or treat will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 for the cities of Crittenden, Corinth, Dry Ridge and Williamstown.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends the following Halloween safety tips:
• When purchasing costumes, masks, beards and wigs, look for flame-resistant fabrics such as nylon or polyester, or look for the label “Flame Resistant.”
• Purchase or make costumes that are light, bright and clearly visible to motorists.
• Children should carry flashlights to see and be seen.
• If a child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely, provides adequate ventilation, and has eye holes large enough to allow full vision.
• Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made of soft, flexible materials.
• Children should not to eat any treats until an adult has examined them carefully for evidence of tampering.
If you are looking for a good scare, Mullins Log Cabin Country Getaway on Scaffold Lick Creek Road in Berry will be the place to be at 8 p.m. Oct. 30.
Certified ghost hunter Joe Clark, founder of Commonwealth Paranormal, will present fictional and non-fictional tales in “Ghost Stories...From the Grave and Beyond.”
“I’ve experienced almost everything imaginable as a paranormal investigator”, said Clark of Morehead.
“We have investigated Mullins Log Cabin on two separate occasions,” he said. “We have gotten great results, primarily EVPs or electronic voice phenomena, which is disembodied voices on tape.”
Admission for the event is $5 per person and it is requested that everyone bring their own chair and/or blanket as this will be an outdoor event.
“I’ve always had an interest in the paranormal,” Clark said. “Even as a child, I remember sitting and listening to relatives and friends tell ghost stories. But, it was my first paranormal experience back around 1994 that really got me into it. The scariest thing I’ve witnessed in Kentucky was when a member of my team had his necklace ripped from his neck by an unseen entity at the Coal Miners Museum in Van Lear.”