Traditional trick or treating will be held in towns around the county Oct. 31, but schools, churches and other organizations have planned various festivals and events promising loads of family fun and optimal candy collection.
HAUNTED HOUSE – Alvord Project Graduation 2014 will hold a haunted house at the old middle school, located behind Alvord Express. Dates and times are 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 26; and 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
CELEBRATING FALL – Wild West Fall Fest is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Wise County Cowboy Church, 2070 Old Denton Rd. There will be horse and non-horse games and events throughout the day and a costume contest at 6:30 p.m. No witches, devils or scary costumes.
TRICK OR TREAT – The Hills Nursing and Rehab Fall Festival is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at 201 E. Thompson in Decatur. There will be a bounce house, hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, games, prizes, a patrol car, a fire truck with Sparky and indoor trick or treating.
FALL FESTIVAL – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will host Spooktacular 2013 Fall Festival 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Bridgeport Community Center. The free event includes candy, popcorn, cotton candy, games, a rock climbing wall, inflatables, EuroBungy, balloon animals and face painting. There will be magic shows at 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. and a costume contest at 6:15 p.m.
FALL CARNIVAL – The Prairie View Elementary Fall Carnival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. There will be food trucks, a silent auction, raffle prizes, face painting, a duck pond, ring toss, lollipop tree, dino dig, photo booth, bounce houses, hay ride, angry hawks, petting zoo, jail booth, roping game and haunted house. For more information, call 817-215-0550.
HAUNTED TRAIL – The Springtown Middle School dance team will sponsor a Haunted Trail 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at 230 Spring Valley Road in Paradise. Entry fee is $7. Concessions will be sold for $1. Money from the event will pay for the SMS dance team’s trip to perform at Disney World in December.
HALLOWEEN PARTY – The Decatur Public Library will host a children’s Halloween party 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Elementary-aged children are invited to enjoy games, activities and more at this come-and-go event. Costumes are optional but encouraged. For more information, call 940-393-0290.
FALL FUN – The 4th Annual Fall Festival at Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation Center in Decatur is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. There will be a live band, bounce house, games, cotton candy, hot dogs and face painting.
FESTIVAL TIME – The Wise County Public Safety Fall Festival is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Decatur Civic Center. Meet local emergency personnel and enjoy food, music and games. Admission is free.
SWEET TREATS – Truck or Treat at First Baptist Church in Decatur is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the parking lot. There will be hay rides, games, prizes, hot dogs and candy.
COSTUME PARADE – Bridgeport Main Street’s Suit Up and Say Boo Halloween parade is 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. It will begin at the Bridgeport Stage and proceed down Halsell Street. For more information, call 940-683-3404.
HALLOWEEN FUN – Governor’s Ridge in Decatur will host a fall festival 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. There will be free hot dogs and chips, bounce house, games, trick or treating, apple bobbing, face painting, cotton candy and prizes.