UNION COUNTY — Halloween Week got off to a great start with two fall festivals Tuesday evening and the festivities continue today with events in downtown Union and at the Union County Stadium parking lot.
Ellen Sagar Nursing Home and Jonesville Elementary/Middle School held their fall festivals Tuesday and nursing home and school officials each say their festivals were a great success attracting large crowds of trick or treaters and their families.
At Ellen Sagar, residents handed out donated candy while staff members, a number of whom were in costume, passed out candy from the back of their vehicles as did representatives of other organizations that participated.
The festival was the nursing’s home first and officials are hoping to make it an annual event.
“I would like to thank the community for all their donations,” Human Resources Manager Jill Mendoza said Wednesday. “The residents had a blast seeing all the children in their costumes. It was awesome, we’re looking forward to next year.”
At JEMS, the fall festival featured a haunted hall and activities such as dancing, games, face painting, the telling of scary stories, and a costume contest for the children
Stacey Farr, a fourth grade teacher at JEMS and the organizer of the school’s fall festival, said the event, was successful as well, and thanked those who helped make it possible.
“It was a wonderful success,” Farr said Wednesday. “The kids and parents and teachers all had a great time.
“During the activities the children received candy and prizes,” she said. “The prizes were donated by Dollar General Distribution and the Town of Jonesville.”
Today is Halloween and the celebration continues today with Halloween Downtown in downtown Union from 4-6 p.m.
As in the past, downtown merchant will hand out candy to the trick or treaters who will be filling the street, but this year’s Halloween Downtown will also offer a number of activities and entertainment. There will be a hay bale maze on the lawn of the Union County Courthouse; corn hole 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.
Entertainment will be provided by Miss Elaine’s Dance Studio which will perform a Halloween dance routine.
Halloween Downtown will also feature a pumpkin carving contest with the entries on display in the windows of a store building at 130 E. Main St.
All those who have not already entered the contest may do so today from 10 a.m.-noon at the Union County Arts Council which will be receiving the pumpkins and registering the carvers.
The contest has a category for 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.
Judging will be done by the public with each adult having the opportunity to vote for one entry in each category.
For more information contact the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 864-427-9039.
While Hallowee Downtown will end at 6 p.m., the fun continues at the Union County Stadium parking lot where Fairforest Baptist Church is sponsoring a “Candy Fest” from 6-8 p.m.
Church members will fill the trunks of their cars with candy which they will hand out and there will also be a car serving as a toy store handing out free toys and a car serving as coffee shop handing out free coffee to adults
There will also be face painting and door prizes including two adult movie baskets and one boy and one girl toy baskets.
For more information about Candy Fest and Fairforest Baptist Church go to the church website at www.fbcofunion.com.
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