A nice night in forecast for trick-or-treaters

The National Weather Service is calling for a dry, partially cloudy Halloween on Saturday, with a high around 60 during the day and a low in the mid to upper 40s.

The town of Front Royal will sponsor the Hometown Halloween this year from 6 to 8 p.m. downtown along Main Street, which will be closed off from Crescent Street to Blue Ridge Avenue. There, children will be able to collect candy from participating businesses and a few churches.

Stonewall Jackson High School will host a Fun Fest with trunk-or treating and various activities from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., organized by the school’s after-prom committee. Admission is $5 and food donations will be accepted for Luke’s Backpack and local pantries. The New Market Library will also be welcoming kids in costume making the rounds from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Schultz Theatre will show Tim Kelly’s “Frankenstein” at 7 p.m., where audiences can enter a Halloween costume contest. Tickets are $13 and $11 for students and seniors, purchased through http://tinyurl.com/or44ahj.

Ghost Tours Old Town Winchester will host a number of ghost tours and frightfully delightful events for all age groups. The Family Friendly Halloween Ghost Tour and Scavenger Hunt will trek the town and Mount Hebron Cemetery from 1 to 3 p.m. after a ghost story session at the Taylor Pavilion. Tickets are $8. Adults can go on their own ghost tour of Mount Hebron Cemetery from 6 to 8 p.m. for $12.

For a second year, the Haunted Halloween Ghostly Adventure will take adults 21 and older on a pub crawl and investigative tour of haunted locations in Old Town. The tour will start at 8:30 p.m. and end up at the Bright Box basement for an indoor investigation, where participants will have a chance to win a Halloween gift basket given away at midnight.

Jean Woolsey, owner of Ghost Tours Old Town Winchester, said the first tour around local haunted locations was popular last year among those wanting a brush with the paranormal.

“They’re going to get the history, they’re going to get the ghosts stories and they’re going to get to use paranormal equipment that you see on TV,” she said.

Woodstock will host Halloween on Court Square from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where kids can trick-or-treat at a list of business locations and check out the decked out storefronts in the scarecrow competition.

Trick or Treat

Saturday’s trick-or-treat hours are:
• Edinburg – 6 to 9 p.m.
• Front Royal – 6 to 9 p.m.
• Middletown – 6 to 9 p.m.
• Mount Jackson – 5 to 9 p.m.
• New Market – 5 to 9 p.m.
• Stephens City – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• Strasburg – 5 to 8 p.m.
• Winchester – The Winchester Police Department recommends children be off the streets by 9 p.m.
• Woodstock – 6 to 9 p.m.

Trick-or-treat tips:
• Parents are advised to accompany their children.
• Safe costumes mean bright or reflective clothing and children can carry a flashlight or glow stick for visibility.
• Those not wishing to entertain trick-or-treaters should leave outside lights off and children should not disturb those houses.
• Drivers should exercise extreme caution when traveling through neighborhoods.
• Trick-or-treaters are advised not wear masks or carry fake weapons.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com

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