by Lisa Tome
The spookiest season of the year is on the horizon and local towns have gotten into the spirit of things.
For as long as anyone can remember, the Town of Perryvillle has hosted an annual Halloween party. According to town staffer Amy Yackanech, the tradition has continued for at least 20 years. This year, the party will be held on Friday, October 27 from 5-7 p.m. in Lower Ferry Park adjacent to Rodgers Tavern. It is a rain or shine event.
There will be a costume contest with trophies as prizes for ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
There will be snacks, candy, pony rides, a pumpkin patch, games including ladder golf, cornhole, a hay maze and more. There will be prizes and crafts.
Yackanech said that typically, 200-300 children, who must be accompanied by an adult, attend the event.
There's a host of family fun planned all over the county.
Downtown Elkton will host the annual Halloween Parade on Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. This event is open to individuals, groups, floats, bands, and pets. Line up begins at 6:30 p.m. Jack Foreaker will host a puppet show beginning at 6 p.m. To pre-register call (410) 398-5076.
The Town of Elkton is currently hosting the Scarecrows on Main contest. Scarecrows will be on display through October 31 on Elkton's Main Street.
Voting for your favorite scarecrows will be held until Thursday October 26. Ballots are available in most downtown businesses. The winners will be announced following the Halloween Parade on October 27.
Charlestown will host its annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest on Friday, October 27 beginning at 4 p.m. Charlestown Fire Company, Cecil Sheriff's Office, and the Perryville High School marching band will participate. The parade steps off from the Charlestown Fire Company at 4:30 p.m. There will be a costume contest in Veterans Park and costume prizes will be awarded in the following age groups: 0-3, 4-8, 9-13, and 14 and up.
The North East Chamber will host that town's annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28 from noon until 5 p.m. in North East Town Park. The costume contest begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to guarantee entry. This event is for children 11 years old and younger. There will be free games and refreshments.