Halloween Happenings: Trick-or Treat Times, Spooky Events, and More

| October 17, 2021

A look at this year’s Halloween festivities and trick-or-treat schedules for Venango County and surrounding areas.

Dating back 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween is an ancient tradition associated with images of witches, ghosts, and vampires. Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities like trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, and dressing in costumes.

However, along with fun holiday activities, the scare season also brings some dangers that can create harmful situations for families and their property.

Please consider these Halloween Safety Tips courtesy of Nationwide Insurance.

    1. Provide adult supervision

Trick or treat is safer – not to mention more fun – in groups, and adult supervision is essential. So get together with other adults and make an evening of it. Bring cell phones for quick pictures and emergencies, but leave them in your pockets to avoid getting distracted.

    1. Stay on the sidewalks

The thrill of the holiday often factors into accidents as excited kids rush from door to door. Keep children on the sidewalks, and shepherd them carefully when they need to cross the road. In areas without sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road, facing traffic.

    1. Carefully check candy

Check candy for choking hazards like gum and hard candies. Throw away any candy that is not sealed with a wrapper and avoid homemade treats received from strangers.

Costume safety tips

    1. Choose bright, visible costumes

When selecting a costume, opt for the bright-colored outfits and add a touch of reflective tape to the material. Stick some reflective tape on their trick-or-treat bags as well so they can be easily spotted by motorists. Lastly, don’t forget to make sure they’re equipped with a flashlight or glow stick – must-have accessories for any costume.

    1. Make sure costumes are well-fitted and safe

Being visible isn’t the only safety consideration for a costume. The right fit is just as important. Here’s some advice on keeping your child’s ensemble safe and secure:

• Prevent accidental tripping or entanglement by making sure costumes aren’t too big or long

• Avoid masks that block vision, but if your child wears one – it should have large eye, nose and mouth openings. You can also op for makeup or face paint as an alternative

• Costumes, wigs, and accessories should contain a label indicating they are flame resistant

• Make sure accessories such as swords, canes, or sticks are not sharp or too long

    1. Makeup safety

If makeup is a part of your child’s Halloween costume plans, make sure it is non-toxic and test it on a small area first. Before your child goes to bed, make sure to remove all makeup.

Home Safety Tips

    1. Jack-o-lantern safety

Young children can paint or color their pumpkins instead of carving. Or have them draw a face with markers and an adult can do the carving. Use colorful glow sticks inside your Jack-o-lanterns instead of candles to prevent burns.

    1. Home decoration safety

If you’re turning your home into a haunted house, keep safety in mind: make sure steps, sidewalks, porches, and paths are well-lit and free of decorations and holiday props. Keep decorations away from fireplaces and candles.

    1. Take precaution against pranks and vandalism

Unfortunately, vandalism often increases during Halloween. That’s why taking these precautions is a good idea:

• If you’re going away during Halloween, make it seem like you’re still home by turning down the volume of your answering machine and phone, covering your garage windows, and leaving your curtains in normal positions with valuables out of sight.

• Install outdoor lighting (activated by a photocell or movement) to illuminate the area around your home during Halloween.

• Consider purchasing a security system that directly alerts police to intruders.

• Trim shrubs and large trees before Halloween so trespassers have fewer hiding spots.

• Make sure your homeowners’ insurance policy is up-to-date.

Car and driving safety tips

    1. Use extra caution while driving

Drivers need to take particular care on this chaotic night. Keep your car parked if you can, but if you have to drive through a neighborhood, take it much slower than normal. Watch for kids who may dart between cars and into the road without looking. Read our Halloween Driving Safety Guide for more useful tips.

    1. Protect your car

Cars are another common target of vandalism on Halloween. Here are some ways you can help secure your car:

• Park inside if you can on Halloween. Your garage is your best bet. If you do not have a garage you may want to consider investing in some outdoor lighting for your driveway and yard.

• Make sure your car is locked on Halloween. Oftentimes, vandals complete their missions with ease when doors are unlocked and windows are down/cracked.

• Consider a car alarm.

• Hide your valuables on Halloween. Don’t give thieves any extra incentive to break into your car.


TRICK-OR-TREAT SCHEDULES


Additional events and information will be provided as soon as they become available. To submit an event, email news@exploreClarion.com.


VENANGO COUNTY



Clintonville Borough
When:  Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: A Halloween Party will be held at the Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department starting at 5 p.m.


Cooperstown Borough
When: Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Cornplanter Township
When: TBA 


Cranberry Township
When:  Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Emlenton Borough
When:  Saturday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on.


Franklin
When:  Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on.


Irwin Township
When:  Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Oakland Township
When:  Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Oil City
When: Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Pinegrove Township
When: TBA 


Pleasantville Borough
When: Thursday, October 28, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Polk Borough
When: October 31, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


President Township
When: Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Richland Township
When: Saturday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Rouseville Borough
When: Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Rouseville Borough will be serving hotdogs and drinks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during trick or treat and handing out treats for the kids.


Sandycreek Township
When: Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Sugarcreek Borough
When: Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Utica Borough
When: Saturday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.



CLARION COUNTY



Clarion Borough
When:  Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on.


East Brady Borough
When:  Saturday, October 30, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Farmington Township
When: TBA

Foxburg Borough
When:  Saturday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hawthorn Borough
When:  Saturday, October 30, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Knox Borough
When: Sunday, October 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Knox Township
When: Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


New Bethlehem and South New Bethlehem Borough
When: Saturday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Paint Township
When: Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Rimersburg Borough
When: Saturday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Salem Township
When: Saturday, October 30, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Shippenville Borough
When:  Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Sligo Borough
When: Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


St. Petersburg Borough
When: TBA


Strattanville
When:  TBA


Washington Township
When: Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 


FOREST COUNTY




Marienville/Jenks Township
When: TBA


Tionesta Borough
When:  Sunday, October 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on.


JEFFERSON COUNTY



Brockway Borough
When: Sunday, October 31, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Brookville Borough
When:  Saturday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: The Halloween Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 30


Corsica Borough
When:  Saturday, October 30, beginning at 6:00 p.m.


Punxsutawney Borough
When:  Saturday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: The Halloween Parade will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Sigel/Eldred Township
When: Saturday, October 30, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Falls Creek Borough
When: Sunday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: The Halloween Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 31


HALLOWEEN EVENTS


 

VENANGO COUNTY

Witch Walk
Where: Liberty Street, Franklin
When: Saturday, October 23, Saturday, October 23, beginning at 3 p.m. Witch Dance at 8 p.m.
Additional Information: Enjoy a spooky silly night on the town with your fellow witches. A $20 ticket is required for the specials, but everyone is encouraged to participate in the fun. With a ticket, participants get a Witch Walk tote, three free cocktails or mocktails, entry in a Grand Prize drawing (over $200 value), fun witchy crafts, ghost stories, fresh-pressed cider, a costume contest, giveaways, refreshments, tricks and treats, and two free readings. Tickets are available at Olde Liberty Poppin’ Sweet Shop, Amy’s Closet, and Sassy’s Gifts.

Trick or Treat Night at Animatronica Haunted Attraction
Where: Animatronica Haunted Attraction at the Cranberry Mall
When: Saturday, October 23, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Additional Information: Enjoy family-friendly trick-or-treating with the lights on and no monsters.

Venango County 4-H Teen Council Trunk or Treat
Where: Venango County Fairgrounds, 867 Mercer Road, Franklin
When: Sunday, October 24, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Event sponsored by the Venango County 4-H Teen Council, a group of Venango County 4-H members ages 13-18, who work together to build their leadership skills and to “Make the Best Better” in their community by working year round on events and community service projects that benefit the community of Venango County.

Downtown Trick or Treat for the Kids
Where: 1200 Block of Liberty Street, Franklin
When: Friday, October 29, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Additional Information: The City of Franklin, Northwest Bank will have special bags to distribute with treats and some will have $5 bills. Franklin Retail Association will also contribute something special for the bag. Downtown Businesses will also be out passing out goodies to the kids.

YMCA Trunk or Treat
Where: YMCA Dek Hockey parking lot in Hasson Heights
When: Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m. to noon
Additional Information: Anyone interested in helping is asked to email Sarah Schwab at officemgr@oilcityymca.net with your name/group name/business name and phone number.

Trunk or Treat
Where: Galloway United Methodist Church in Franklin
When: Saturday, October 30, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Free Trunk or Treat including hot dogs and games!

Halloween Town Event
Where: Emlenton Borough
When: Saturday, October 30, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Additional Info: Main Street Emlenton will be turning into a Halloween Town! There will be fun for all ages. Starting at 4 p.m. there will be vendors, costume contests, a parade, witch dances, the announcement of the business scarecrow/jack-o-lantern winner, great food and fantastic beer.

Halloween Party
Where: Franklin VFW, 411 9th street, Franklin
When: Saturday, October 30, 7 p.m.
Additional Info:Come rock with Dead Level for Halloween. There will be a costume contest. Cover charge $10 for members, $15 for non-members, veterans free with proof of veteran status.


FOREST COUNTY

Trunk-or-Treat
Where: Parking lot of the Marienville United Methodist Church, 201 N Forest Street, Marienville
When: Sunday, October 31, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Free family-friendly evening of fun and fellowship. No tricks, just treats! Sponsored by Marienville, Greenwood, and Tylersburg United Methodist Churches.


CLARION COUNTY


Trunk-or-Treat
Where: The Eagle’s Pavilion/Park Area on Stone House Road, Clarion
When: Wednesday, October 20, 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: This FREE event is sponsored by the Clarion Drug Free Coalition and the Clarion County Coalition for Suicide Prevention. Community members, local agencies and members from both coalitions will be decorating their trunks for children to enjoy a fun night that is drug and alcohol free. Come dressed in your best costume, enjoy a family outing, receive candy and information from local agencies within your community.

Halloween Triple-Header
Where: Clarion Limestone Elementary School
When: Thursday, October 21, 5:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m.
Additional Information: The event begins with a Trunk or Treat at the Clarion-Limestone Elementary School side parking lot from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wear your costumes and join in for a safe trick or treat experience, sponsored by C-L teachers Union and C-L staff and student clubs. The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest will then begin at 5:30 p.m. Any student interested in participating can drop off one decorated pumpkin from home at the school anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. today. The contest will then run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for scariest, grossest, funniest, and most creative. Participants are reminded to put their name and room number on their pumpkin. The event will also include a Scholastic Book Fair at the Library from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Grace Community Church Fall Fest
Where: Grace Community Church, 3225 Curllsville Road, Sligo
When: Saturday, October 23, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Additional Information: A free event that includes food, a Trunk-or-Treat, Live Music, Touch a Truck, Games, Punkin Chunkin and more!

Pumpkin Carving Contest
Where: Clarion Farmer’s Market, Main Street in Clarion in the parking lot next to the Clarion County Courthouse.
When: Saturday, October 23, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Additional Information: Participants will be provided a pumpkin to carve with their own tools. One winner from each group will receive $10 market bucks and a special prize from Clarion Farmer’s Market vendors! Carved pumpkins will be judged by Facebook photo “likes” and announced Friday, October 29. Participants MUST pre-register by sending an email to clarionpafarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Boos and Brews
Where: Lost In The Wilds Brewing, 21964 Pennsylvania 66, Shippenville
When: Friday & Saturday, October 22 & October 23, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Additional Information: Lost In The Wilds Brewing is bringing back loads of spooky, haunted fun with their second annual Boos and Brews event. Cousin Maine Lobster and Rub and Tub BBQ will be there Friday with delicious food truck selections and Rub and Tub BBQ and Dad Bodz Burgers will be there Saturday. Lost in the Wilds will be serving the best brews and some spooky drink selections. Zacherl Farms will be running the haunted hayrides through the spooky fields. Appropriate clothing and shoes are recommended as the fields may be a little messy. Tickets are $10. More information is available here.

Roads to Recovery Trunk or Treat
Where: 214 S 7th Ave, Clarion
When: Tuesday, October 26, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Come out enjoy games, treats and maybe a few tricks too. This is free to all ages. Families can come and meet local human service agencies all while safely trick or treating.

YMCA Trunk-or-Treat
Where: Clarion County YMCA Parking Lot
When: Saturday, October 30, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Additional Information: Free to all kids in the community!

Ghouls Day Out Vendor Event
Where: Redbank Valley Community Center, located at 430 Broad Street, New Bethlehem
When: Saturday, October 30, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Vendors range from jewelry makers, baby novelties, dog treats, bags, crafts, home decor and so much more; as well as the top selling companies such as Pampered Chef and Thirty One just to name a few. Some vendors will be in costume! Treats will be offered to costumed kids and adults too! There will be other activities for kids as well. The center will also be offering lunch as well for a small fee. Come try the chicken noodle soup, chili, hot dogs and cookies. More information is available on their event page on Facebook.

LEAD Kid’s Halloween Party
Where: Gemmell Student Complex multipurpose room
When: Saturday, October 30, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Additional Information: Masks are required and parents must be present with their children. There will be clubs from Clarion University holding various Halloween themed crafts for children in the community to come enjoy.


Kids’ Halloween Parade
Where: Clarion Mall
When: Saturday, October 30,  noon – 2:00 p.m.
Additional Info: Sponsored by: C-93 92.7FM/WWCH Radio 13 & Trinity Point Church

Halloween Town Event
Where: Emlenton Borough
When: Saturday, October 30, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Additional Info: Main Street Emlenton will be turning into a Halloween Town! There will be fun for all ages. Starting at 4 p.m. there will be vendors, costume contests, a parade, witch dances, the announcement of the business scarecrow/jack-o-lantern winner, great food and fantastic beer.

Piney Meadows Trunk or Treat
Where: Piney Meadows Park, 1346 Rt. 66 Limestone
When: Saturday, October 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Additional Info: Free event, open to the public. More information is available here.

CRBC Halloween Costume Party
Where: Clarion River Brewing Company, 600 Main Street, Clarion
When: Saturday, October 30, 8 p.m. to midnight
Additional Information: Clarion River Brewing Company’s 4th Annual Halloween Costume Party will include live music with Bill Carey. The cover charge is $5 and will go toward the Edward J. Flannigan Memorial Scholarship. The first drink is free for anyone in costume.

Ghoul’s Day
Where: Redbank Valley Community Center
When: Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Additional Information: Vendors will be set up in the Redbank Valley Community Center for this family-friendly event. Children are encouraged to wearing their costumes.


Cathedral by Candlelight
Where: Forest Cathedral in Cook Forest, 113 River Road, Cooksburg, PA 16217-0120
When: Saturday, October 30, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Additional Info: Want to experience something different this year for Halloween instead of the standard “trick-or-treaters”? Walk back in time with us into the depths of the Forest Cathedral with an historical character from the past. Come view the ancient forest as we walk beneath the giants by candlelight. Either a French Marine from the 1750’s who saw these massive trees 250 years ago, or a lumberman from the 1800’s will be there to guide us. Program starts at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom. Bring your flashlights!

JEFFERSON COUNTY


Haunted Barn
Where: 1801 Old State Road, Brookville
When: October 22 & 23, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., October 29 & 30, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Additional Information: Cost $5/person, 5 and under are free. Sponsored by Pine Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat
Where: The Church of Christ on Route 28 in Summerville
When: Saturday, October 23, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Additional Information: This free event will include a Truck or Treat, bouncy houses, pumpkin painting, refreshments, and more.

Trunk or Treat Harvest Festival
Where: Brookville Church of God, 201 Freedom Lane, Brookville
When: Saturday, October 23, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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