Spooktacular returns Oct. 25 to Coffman Park
Dublin will stir up some scares at the annual Spooktacular from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25.
The family-friendly Halloween event put on by the city will offer activities for children of all ages at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.
Anyone looking for some thrills might find them with the Bug Man, who is back by popular demand.
"The Bug Man came last year for the first time," said Mary Jo DiSalvo, Dublin events administrator.
"He brings bugs you can touch and hold, but not bugs you would normally be able to touch -- or want to, without the Bug Man around," DiSalvo said. "A lot of people loved him last year."
A professional pumpkin carver will be on hand demonstrating his fall art, and attendees will have a chance to decorate their own pumpkins.
"New outside is pumpkin decorating," DiSalvo said. "We give them a little pumpkin and things they can decorate with and take it home with them."
New craft activities will be offered this year, in addition to a chance to participate in creating a Halloween scene.
"We always have a big coloring wall where people can write what they want. This year, there will be pictures on the wall they can color," DiSalvo said.
"It will be a great, big Halloween picture when it's done."
Outside, children can check out a hayride, hay maze and the trunk-or-treat trail, where those attending can go trick-or-treating along the oaved path in the North Meadow in Coffman Park.
Area business will be passing out the treats.
"We have 'trunk-or-treat' again where they can get candy or trinkets," DiSalvo said, noting that about 35 groups will be there.
"We have Donatos, Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, Legacy Family Dental -- we always want to keep dentists around during this part of the year," she said.
COSI will be on hand with demonstrations and a Monster Mash dance will be held for Dublin middle school students.
"The Monster Mash is a Dublin middle school costume party dance," DiSalvo said.
"It's 6:30-8:30 p.m. and free to all Dublin middle school students. They must present their student ID to get in."
Dublin will also recognize two volunteers at Spooktacular as the king and queen of Halloween.
"This is the second or third year we have a king and queen of Halloween," DiSalvo said. "It's a couple who has volunteered for Dublin throughout the year in various capacities."
Lisa and Michael Blackwell are this year's queen and king. Both are Dublin AM Rotary members.
Mr. Blackwell is manager of the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Mrs. Blackwell works at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University.
Food and beverages will also be available to purchase and DiSalvo said the Giant Eagle food truck will make an appearance.
Spooktacular is held rain or shine.
ThisWeek Dublin Villager is a sponsor of the Spooktacular.
For more information, look online at dublinohiousa.gov/events/Halloween-spooktacular/.