When the bell tolls six on Tuesday, Oct. 30, Olde Pickerington Village will transform into "Haunted Village" replete with ghouls, goblins and everything scary as people of all ages descend upon downtown to partake in some pre-Halloween revelry.
According to Steve Paullin of the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department, which, in conjunction with the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association, is sponsoring Haunted Village, the event will be hauntingly familiar to those who've attended before.
"It's going to be similar to years past," Paullin said.
"We're going to have pumpkin-carving contests, ghost tours, a ghost story teller, hayrides, and there's going to be some food (vendors) there," Paullin said.
He said downtown merchants will pass out candy to the younger set and children are encouraged to don their costumes and will be provided with bags in which to collect candy.
Now in its seventh year, Haunted Village will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Paullin said the ghost tours, ongoing throughout the evening, will provide attendees with the unique opportunity to learn some frightening local folklore from area actors.
"We have actors go around to different spots and portray a ghost that tells a story," Paullin said.
"Tour guides will lead (people) along the way with flashlights," he said
Paullin said a ghost storyteller is going to recite eerie tales that will be geared towards pre-schoolers.
"The (Pickerington) Lions Club will be passing out mini-donuts as well," he said.
In addition, the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society will play host to the "Haunted Museum," also from 6 to 8 p.m., to in the basement of the city's venerable Carnegie Building.
Peggy Portier, historian for the society, said a few tweaks were made to the layout this year in an effort to make "things flow a little better."
"Last year was the first year we had the Haunted Museum in the basement of the museum," Portier said.
"We learned a few things so we're changing the layout," she said.
"(Last year), the gypsy that was at the exit door backed people up so it's going to be out front before you come in.
"The candy will (also) be out front so if you just want to take the kids and get the candy you don't have to go through the building," Portier said.
Tots Trick or Treat
Wednesday, Oct. 31, Halloween Day, the traditional "Tots Trick or Treat" will be held at Pickerington City Hall, 100 Lockville Rd. from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
The event is for children ages 2 to 5 who are accompanied by an adult
The tots can wear their costumes and trick or treat throughout the building.
Oct. 31 is also Pickerington's community trick-or-treat night, which is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. throughout the city.