JONESVILLE — It’s Halloween Week and Jonesville Elementary/Middle School is joining in the fun this evening with its second annual Fall Festival.
The event is being organized by fourth grade teacher Stacy Farr who said the festival, which will be held in the school from 5:30-7 p.m., will be an evening of spooky fun for the JEMS school community and family members.
“We will have activities for all ages in every classroom,” Farr said. “We will have games, a room with a dance, bingo, face painting, bean bag toss, scary stories, and much more.
“We will also have a haunted hall which will be set up today after school,” she said. “We will finish up the evening with a costume contest for children.”
Farr said the school canteen will be open selling nachos, popcorn, snacks, and drinks. She said the proceeds will go to the school’s PTO.
While the main emphasis will be fun in a family-friendly atmosphere, Farr said the event will also have a serious purpose. She said there will also a be a blood drive at the school from 4-7 p.m.
For more information, call Rene Pryor at 864-674-5518.
Also holding a Fall Festival this evening is Ellen Sagar Nursing Home which will open its doors to trick or treaters of all ages from 5:30-7-30 p.m.
The festival will feature a trunk or treat with residents handing out candy donated by local businesses and other organizations while staff members hand out candy from their cars which will be decorated for the occasion.
Also participating in the festival will be the Philippi Fire Department which will bring a fire truck from which candy will be distributed; Ambu Star which will bring an ambulance from which candy will also be distributed; and Gentiva Home Health, S.C. Hospice, and the Blood Connection, all of three of which will have booths.
The evening will also feature face painting and a clown who will make animal balloons.
In addition the candy which will be distributed for free, the staff will be selling hot dogs, popcorn, baked and other goods including a pound cake donated by Kirby’s Cake Shoppe. The proceeds from the sale will go to the Employee Advisory Committee which is organizing the event.
For more information call Jill Mendoza at 864-301-3512.
Halloween is Thursday and Fairforest Baptist Church is sponsoring a “Candy Fest” from 6-8 p.m. at the Union County Stadium parking lot on the Duncan Bypass.
The trunk or treat is described by organizer Tasha Tollison as a “safe, one stop alternative to door-to-door trick or treating.”
Church members will fill the trunks of their cars with candy which they will hand out during the event.
In addition to trunks full of candy there will also be a car serving as a toy store from which free toys will be handed out. Another car will serve as a coffee shop handing out free coffee to adults.
Candy Fest will also have face painting and door prizes including two adult movie baskets and one boy and one girl toy baskets.
Fairforest Baptist held its first Candy Fest in 2012, attracitng more than 1,000 people.
For more information about Candy Fest and Fairforest Baptist Church go to the church website at www.fbcofunion.com.
A pumpkin carving contest will be part of an expanded Halloween Downtown which will be held Thursday from 4-6 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Union.
Downtown merchants and businesses along with some other area businesses will distribute candy to trick or treaters during Halloween Downtown as they’ve done in years past.
This year, however, Halloween Downtown will also offer games and other activities including a hay bale maze on the lawn of the Union County Courthouse; cornhole toss games where children can win prizes and/or candy; and games in the Union County Annex parking lot set up by the Union County YMCA.
Halloween Downtown will also feature entertainment in the form of a Halloween dance routine by Miss Elaine’s Dance Studio on Main Street.
The centerpiece of this year’s Halloween Downtown will be a pumpkin carving contest. The contest will include a category for children ages 12 and under and a category for ages 13 and up including adults. Contestants in the age 12 and under category may be assisted by their parents in carving their entries but those 13 and older must carve their pumpkins on their own.
All entries will be displayed in the windows of a store building at 130 E. Main St. with judging done by the public during Halloween Downtown. Each adult will have the opportunity to vote for one entry in each category.
The Union County Arts Council will receive the pumpkins and register the carvers on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 3-6 p.m. and on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-noon. Those who want to register in advance may pick up their registration forms at the arts council, 116 E. Main St.; at the Union County Chamber of Commerce, 135 W. Main St.; or the Union County Recreation Department, 111 Thomas St.
For more information contact the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 864-427-9039.
Want to make this Halloween even more special for your little trick-or-treaters? How about having their picture published in The Union Daily Times?
On Halloween, once they are in their costumes, take a picture of your little trick-or-treaters and email them as a jpeg attachment to The Union Daily Times with their names and your contact information by no later than noon the following Friday, Nov. 1.
Churches that hold Halloween celebrations are also invited to submit photos of their events or contact The Union Daily Times about having a photographer come and photograph them. The photos of those events, along with those submitted by the parents of Union County’s little trick-or-treaters, will be published in the next edition of The Union Daily Times.
So, for an extra Halloween treat for you and your little ones, take those pictures and send them and the requested information to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org