by Lisa Tome
There will be two sets of costumed people in Rising Sun on Saturday, October 24.
The first group will be the Civil War reenactors, performing living history in Veterans Park. The second group will be people turning out for the third annual Fall Spooktacular in Center Square. The dates of the two events coincided after the reenactment, planned for earlier in the month, was postponed due to rain.
"They are not intermingling, but we'll cross promote," said Mayor Travis Marion. The mayor said that during Spooktacular announcements will be made encouraging people to check out the reenactment.
There are new activities planned for this year's Spooktacular, which runs from 2-6 p.m. Janes United Methodist Church has taken a lead role. The church will host a Trunk or Treat and will also coordinate the costume contest. A hayride will take people from the municipal parking lot to the church.
In the area adjacent to the municipal parking lot and in the lot, there will be pumpkin painting, pony rides, mechanical bull rides, a rock wall, inflatables, games and more. A Crave food truck will sell refreshments.
Not everything will be geared to children. Crafters and vendors, approximately 10 or more, will peddle their wares during Spooktacular. The mayor said that the vendors paid $50 for spaces. That money goes back into the event.
The costume contest begins promptly at 3 p.m. at Janes Church. There will be medals for costume winners in various age categories. "To have someone take over the costume contest is a big relief. And Janes is really excited about it," said Marion.
"We started off the first year with 400 people. Last year, we had close to 2,000. We are still getting donations. Spooktacular has come a long way," said Marion.
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Rising Sun isn't the only town being moved by the Halloween spirit. Staff at the Town of Perryville have already decked out their building for Halloween. Last week, town staffers also began stuffing bags for the town Halloween party which will be held Friday, October 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Rodgers Tavern.
That event, which has been held for nearly 20 years, is for children up to age 12. Children should be in costume and accompanied by an adult. Adult costumes are optional.
This year, trophies will be awarded to the best costume entries in the following age categories: Age 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
In addition to the costume contest there will be games, music provided by a deejay, a hay maze, and more surprises. This event is free and open to the public.
Pumpkins are a huge focal point for the Town of Port Deposit's Halloween party set for October 31 beginning at 5 p.m. in the town hall courtyard. A pumpkin carving contest will be held. Carved pumpkins must be submitted for entry prior to 5 p.m. Judging will be at 6:30 p.m. Pumpkins carved by those under age 18 are eligible for cash prizes. There will be hay rides, snacks, candy, and hot dogs.