City officials once again this year will offer Halloween festivities to people of all ages at several events over two days next week.
On Wednesday, Oct. 27, the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department, the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association, the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society, the Pickerington Lions Club and the Rock Factory will partner to host the fifth annual "Haunted Village" on Columbus Street in Olde Pickerington Village.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is billed as a Halloween celebration for the entire family, and will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Haunted Village.
Other activities will include free hayrides every 10 minutes, ghost tours featuring re-enactments of local historical events, trick-or-treating in Olde Pickerington shops and a "haunted garden."
The historical society museum also will hold an open house.
"We provide the Haunted Village as an event for the whole family," said Don Ross, Pickerington recreation coordinator. "People can come in costume and trick-or-treat in all the open shops."
The following day, Thursday, Oct. 28, the city will host traditional "Beggars Night" festivities throughout the day and night.
From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Pickerington City Hall, 100 Lockville Road, will be the site of the annual "Tots Trick-or-Treat." This event is open to children ages 2 to 5 who are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Participating children are invited to visit City Hall in costume and collect candy and treats from city workers, as well as members of the Pickerington Police Department, Violet Township Fire Department and Fairfield County Sheriff's Office.
"Children will be able to trick-or-treat through the decorated City Hall and receive treats from the staff," said Rebecca Medinger, Pickerington recreation administrator. "The (police, fire and sheriff) service staff will also have safety vehicles on-site for children to admire.
"This event is free and open to the public."
Thursday night, from 6 to 8 p.m., the city's community trick-or-treat festivities, or "Beggars Night," will take place.
According to Medinger, the date is recommended — rather than Oct. 31 — by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission for safety and to avoid increased traffic on the weekend.
"There is no set route to follow," Medinger said. "Please be cautious when trick-or-treating and always go with an adult. Remember to be careful when crossing the street."
Ross said Pickerington police officers will be patrolling neighborhoods to help ensure children's safety. Some officers also might hand out candy and other treats, he said.
Additional information about the Haunted Village, Tots Trick-or-Treat or the community trick-or-treat event can be obtained by calling the city's parks and rec department, at (614) 833-2211.
Also on Thursday, from 1-3 p.m. children can show off their costumes and collect a treat at the Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way. The library staff will also be in costume that day.