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LURAY, Oct. 29 — This weekend will be filled with plenty of opportunities for costumes and treats as all three towns in Page County have plans to celebrate Halloween with activities stretching over Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31.
The Town of Luray, the Luray Downtown Initiative and the Page Alliance for Community Action will host “Trick-or-Treat Main Street” from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
This year’s event shifts previous Halloween activities in Luray from Ralph Dean Park to the downtown area with 35 participating businesses prepared to hand out treats, each one marked with orange balloons.
PACA will kick things off with a costume contest at Ruffner Plaza along the Hawksbill Greenway at 4 p.m. Members of the Luray Council will serve as judges and award prizes for first and second in four categories for kids. Trick-or-Treaters will then proceed east up Main Street to gather goodies from local businesses before using the crosswalk at town hall to crossover and proceed west along Main Street.
A number of businesses and local groups will be set up in the plaza at the Rebecca J. Graves Regional Center for the Performing Arts. Once trick-or-treaters have visited the PAL plaza, they will then use the crosswalk to visit stops along Broad Street and continue toward the Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center, where more treats await and the Luray Police Department will offer a “candy check”. Those handing out candy have been requested to distribute only pre-packaged treat bags.
The Town of Luray expects more than 500 costume-clad youngsters along Main Street that evening and asks that motorists use extreme caution in this area during that time. The police department will have officers on site to watch traffic at crosswalks. There will be signs to warn motorists, as well as direct pedestrians.
On Sunday, Oct. 31, the Town of Luray has set a 9 p.m. curfew for all trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
The Town of Stanley will host its third annual Halloween Block Party along its Main Street between Honeyville Avenue and the railroad tracks from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Trick-or-Treating along Main Street is planned for ages up to 12 years old, as well as barrel train rides, cotton candy, costume judging, a raffle and Dancing with the ’50s. About 20 local businesses, churches and organizations will be participating and handing out candy.
Traffic will be closed off on this section of Route 340 Business (Main Street) during the Block Party. In case of rain, the event will be held Sunday, Oct. 31, when the town is encouraging traditional trick-or-treating with a 9 p.m. curfew being enforced that evening.
The Newport-Grove Hill Ruritan Club and the Town of Shenandoah will be hosting a Halloween Costume Parade at Shenandoah River Park, 315 Morrison Road, at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.
Participants should bring bikes, wagons and strollers for the parade, or participants may also walk. After the parade, free pizza, drinks and candy will be offered, while supplies last. There will also be a Fall scene for pictures.
Trick-or-treating will be observed in the Town of Shenandoah on Sunday, Oct. 31 with a curfew of 10 p.m.
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