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Granville County trick-or-treaters young and old looking to participate in local Halloween activities will have plenty of options this week.
Here is a roundup of local events to mark on your calendars:
Family Outdoor Movie Night
Tonight at 7 p.m., the South Branch Library in Creedmoor will host Family Outdoor Movie Night. Moviegoers can enjoy popcorn, s’mores and other snacks as they watch the feature film, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Bring your own outdoor chairs. The South Branch Library is located at 1547 South Campus Drive and is one of four branches of the Granville County Library System. For more details, call 919-528-1752.
Stem Halloween movie night
The town of Stem has scheduled a Halloween movie night on Saturday at the Stem Fire Department at 100 School St. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” followed by “Hocus Pocus.”
Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Carve your own pumpkin, then bring it to the Richard H. Thornton Library in Oxford for a Halloween Pumpkin Contest. All pumpkins entered in the contest will be on display from Oct. 28 until Oct. 31, with pumpkins judged on Thursday. Age groups for awards and prizes include children (up to 12 years old), teens (ages 13 through 18) and adults, ages 19 and up. Contact Amy Carlson or Stefani Perry of the Granville County Library System for more details, 919-693-1121.
Halloween Costume Contest
On Tuesday, grab a friend and come prepared to create an assigned costume from paper, tape, trash bags and other random objects as the Thornton Library hosts a Halloween Costume Challenge. The fun starts at 5 p.m., and all work will be judged. The two best costumes will win a special prize. Call the library for details at 919-693-1121.
Trunk or Treat at Butner Athletic Park
Covenant Life Church will sponsor a trunk or treat at Butner Athletic Park, 1105 West B St., Butner on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. In addition to candy there will be free kettle corn, hot chocolate and cotton candy.
Trick or can
South Granville High School DECA members on Thursday will “Trick or Can” door-to-door in their neighborhoods to collect canned goods for local food banks.
Downtown Halloween Trick or Treat
On Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Creedmoor Main Street businesses and the Creedmoor Police Department are inviting the public to dress their best and come out to Main Street in downtown Creedmoor. Members of the Creedmoor Police Department will pass out candy in front of the City Hall building located at 111 Masonic St. The department also makes a metal detector available for parents to scan their children’s candy if they wish.
Halloween Line Dancing
The Creative Lifelong Learning Program of Granville County Senior Services has scheduled a Halloween line dancing class for Thursday from 2-3:30 p.m. The class, instructed by Cissy Lowery, is free to all participants and will be held at the Senior Center in Oxford, 107 Lanier St. Costumes are encouraged and will be judged by categories. Call the Senior Center at 919-693-1930 for more details.
Just for seniors, Halloween fun
‘Tis the season for tricks, treats and fall fun at all three senior centers in Granville County. On Tuesday, the North Granville Senior Center in Stovall will host their annual Halloween Party beginning at 10 a.m. Seniors enjoy delicious treats and Halloween games. Costumes are encouraged and will be judged for fun prizes. On Wednesday, the South Granville Senior Center in Creedmoor will play Carnival Bingo. The fun starts at 10:15 a.m. On Thursday, Trick or Treat Bingo will be featured at the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford. This “Bingo with a Twist” event will begin at 10 a.m. and will include “trick or treat” prizes for winning participants. For more details about any of these events, call 919-693-1930.
Halloween safety tips
The Granville County Sheriff’s Office has issued tips for a safe and enjoyable Halloween.
• Make sure your children are properly supervised while out
• Know the route your children will be taking if you aren’t going with them
• Make sure you set a time for them to be home
• Be sure children know their home phone number and address, in case of an emergency
• Tell your children to never go into a stranger’s house
• Make sure your children stay out of the street while walking
• Choose a brightly colored costume for your child, or one that is easy to see in the dark;
• Be sure costumes include no sharp objects
• Talk to your children about the importance of staying together as a group
• Carefully inspect all food and candy before letting your child eat it. When in doubt, throw it out!
• Carry a flashlight and/or wear a glow-stick necklace and glow-stick bracelets
• Keep a safe distance from moving cars
• Cross at street corners, not diagonally across an intersection and never between parked cars
• Obey all traffic signals
• Walk and never run
• Do not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys or parks
• Only visit homes with porch lights on
• Don’t go inside anyone’s home; instead remain on the porch at all times
• Don’t accept rides in cars with strangers
• Don’t eat any treats until your parents have inspected them
• Consider driving at least five miles per hour under the speed limit, especially in residential areas
• Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible — even during daylight hours
• Don’t use high beams — it prevents traffic coming in the opposite direction from seeing trick-or-treaters on the roadsides or sidewalks
• Obey all traffic signs and signals
• Watch for children crossing the street
• Look out for those who may dart between parked cars or shrubbery
• Carefully enter and exit driveways
• Don’t park in the street unless it is necessary. Give children and other motorists plenty of room
• Be careful backing up. If possible, have someone stand behind your vehicle to make sure no children are walking behind you