Be prepared for a “hauntingly” good time as ghouls, goblins, zombies and assorted other creatures of the dark descend upon Olde Pickerington Village on Wednesday, Oct. 30, for the eighth annual “Haunted Village.”
The spooktacular festivities commence at 6 p.m. in the heart of downtown Pickerington and will run until the bell tolls 8 p.m.
In between there will be plenty of ghoulish activities, all of which are free, to keep both young and old eerily occupied.
“We have ghost tours, ghost stories, hayrides, a haunted museum, haunted house and haunted gardens, trick-or-treating of Olde Village businesses, and music by the Rock Factory,” said Rebecca Medinger of the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department, co-sponsor of the event.
“Those are the big ticket items,” Medinger said.
The Olde Pickerington Village Business Association, Pickerington Lions Club and the Rock Factory are also sponsors of Haunted Village.
The basement of the city’s historic Carnegie Building will transform into a “haunted museum,” courtesy of the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society.
“Our theme this year is zombies, so we’ll have a lot of people dressed as zombies,” said historian Peggy Portier.
She said there also will be a fortune-teller on hand and children will be able to pick up entries for museum-wide coloring contest.
Portier said candy will be distributed in front of the building for those little ones who may be too scared to enter the haunted museum.
“It’s not that scary,” Portier said.
David Beckham Photography, 6 Lockville Road, will host the “haunted house,” where children can get their pictures taken, either by their caregivers or professionally by the studio.
“Parents can come in and take some pictures for free, but if they want professional (pictures) the cost is just a donation to charity,” Medinger said.
Haunted Village also features Pickerington’s Rock Factory, which will entertain attendees by performing on West Columbus Street and by hosting its “haunted garden.”
Other highlights include volunteers dressed in period regalia spinning ghostly yarns about the city’s mysterious past and the Pickerington Lions Club passing out its always popular mini-doughnuts, Medinger said.
“Hopefully we’ll have good weather,” she said.
“Last year it was rainy and cold, but we still had people show up,” she said.
Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to put don their costumes and trick-or-treat through Pickerington City Hall, 100 Lockville Road, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, which is Halloween Day.
Medinger said City Hall will be decorated and some city staff members will be in costume to greet the children, who must be accompanied by an adult for the free event.
“We usually get a lot of people for that event,” Medinger said.
“Police, fire and sheriff’s (staff) will also be there,” she said.
Medinger said the highlight of Tots Trick-or-Treat will be a special appearance by Batman.
Oct. 31 is also Pickerington’s community trick-or-treat night, which is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. throughout the city.