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Festivals, hauntings to scare up fun this week

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Quillan McFadden, 8, right, looks at candles made from beeswax that were for sale at the New Market Heritage Days held in 2010. — Andrew Thayer/Daily file

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Halloween on Court Square will take place again this year in Woodstock at 1 p.m. Oct. 27. — Courtesy photo

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Mike Fly, of Broadway, turns a doughnut as part of the The Bakers Dozen Donuts of Broadway stand during the 17th Annual Heritage Days Festival at New Market in 2011. — Rich Cooley/Daily file

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Visitors browse the many booths set up along Congress Street during the New Market Heritage Days held in 2010. — Andrew Thayer/Daily file


By Josette Keelor

In the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Halloween will not fit into just one night. With several Halloween- and fall-inspired events planned for the weekend through next Wednesday, residents will have enough opportunities to make the fun last as long as they like.

New Market's Annual Heritage Days Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Sponsored by the New Market Area Chamber of Commerce, the two-day event will offer crafts and food vendors downtown. Also the New Market Community Center will hold its annual Craft Show at 9184 John Sevier Road both days.

For more information, call 740-3432 or visit www.newmarketvirginia.com.

In Woodstock, Halloween on Court Square will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, with trick-or-treating at participating businesses from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Pumpkin painting, face painting, an inflatable maze, storytelling, mask making, a magic show at 1:30 p.m. and more will fill the day with fun for all. Admission is free.

Area business will compete for the best scarecrow/fall display, with displays being judged on Saturday morning.

On Saturday only, children ages 5 to 12 may register for a chance to win the honor of lighting the Town Christmas Tree with Mayor Jeremy McCleary at the Light up Woodstock Celebration on Nov. 30.

For more information, call 459-3621 or visit www.townofwoodstockva.gov.

Front Royal will hold its Hometown Halloween on Main Street from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The event provides a safe, controlled environment for children from Front Royal and Warren County to trick-or-treat with their families along East Main Street, from Royal Avenue to Blue Ridge. Groups are recommended, flashlights and reflective clothing are requested and motorists are cautioned to watch out for children in the streets. Children ages 16 and older are restricted by law from wearing masks in public. Trick-or-treaters are requested to be off the streets by 9 p.m. The Front Royal Police Department will have additional officers on patrol.

Front Royal Presbyterian Church on Luray Avenue will host its Trunk-or-Treat and C-Cap food drive at the gazebo parking lot, at 414 E. Main St.

For more information, visit www.discoverfrontroyal.com or email info@downtownfrontroyal.org or kkerns@frontroyalva.com.

Winchester's Old Town Spooktacular will include trick-or-treating for ages 12 and under from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall.

For more information, visit www.oldtownwinchesterva.com/2012/10/old-town-spooktacular/

And, for those who prefer the spookier side of the season, as part of Winchester's Old Town Spooktacular, ghost tours will take place throughout the day, with local historian Sandy Jones, compliments of the Old Town Development Board. Meet at the south end of the Pedestrian Mall, near Cork Street.

At Abrams Delight in Winchester, the Frederick County Historical Society will sponsor a "Who's Haunting Abrams Delight?" ghost hunting evening, with Stacey Graham and LaMishia Allen, of Wee Ghosties Paranormal Investigations, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature a costumed interpreter playing 19th century resident Mary Hollingsworth at the main house at 1340 Pleasant Valley Road.

Cider and cookies will be served, and tours will take place every hour. Each will be limited to 20 people. The cost will be $5 per person, and children under the age of 12 will get in free, but the tours are not recommended for children under the age of 6.

For more information, call 662-6550 or visit www.winchesterhistory.org/society_events.htm

Paranormal Tours will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. at Long Branch Historical House and Farm, at 830 Long Branch Lane in Millwood. Visitors will hear ghostly tales about those who never left the 1811 mansion.

For more information, call 837-1856 or 837-1848, or visit www.http://www.historiclongbranch.com.

Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com






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