Things That Go Bump in the Night

As you may already know, Halloween on Main has been cancelled for this year due to the massive streetscape project underway on the first block of West Liberty Street.  As one of the highlights of the year for Downtown Sumter, this was a difficult call for the city’s officials to make, but “safety first” is paramount…and let’s face it, the construction machinery, barriers, et cetera make downtown look a little spooky at night, on what is already the scariest night of the year.

But if you have little goblins and princesses who were looking forward to the festivities, fret not!  Halloween 2011 will be observed in the City of Sumter on Monday night, October 31, and homes of residents who choose to participate will be open for trick-or-treating.  The City of Sumter Police Department asks that participants keep the hours from 5 to 8 p.m. and please observe safety precautions.  For more information, please click here.

If you prefer to join in community activities, there are many to choose from.  Just a few examples:

  • The Sumter County Library will host their annual “Halloween Spooktacular” at the Wesmark Branch on October 31 from 4 to 6 p.m.  Cartoons, snacks, candy and prizes will be available.  Pre-registration is required; please call (803) 469-8110.
  • The Sumter Fly Girls Roller Derby Club will also have a Halloween Arts & Crafts Festival (you must be logged in to Facebook to see this link) at their “hangar,” located at 3491 Broad Street.  In addition to crafts for sale (vendor space is available), the event will feature a super-spooky maze and other delights.  This event takes place Friday, October 28 (5 to 9 p.m.) and Saturday, October 30 (12 to 9 p.m.).  Admission is $5 per person.
  • Sumter Mall will host “Mall-o-Ween” on Monday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., with mall merchants providing a variety of treats for children.

Area churches and schools will get into the act, too!  The Sumter Catholic Community will host a Halloween Extravaganza at the St. Anne’s Parish Center (October 29, 6:15-8:15 p.m.), and Millwood Elementary School will host their annual Halloween Carnival (October 29, 12-2 p.m.).  Alice Drive Baptist Church will feature a Family Fall Festival on October 31 from 6-8 p.m., with bounce houses, carnival games, a cake walk, and petting zoo in addition to candy.  The price of admission is one bag of candy per family, and participants are asked not to wear scary costumes. 

There will be many other events taking place throughout the community during Halloween weekend, so please contact your preferred house of worship or your child’s school to find out what’s going on there—you’re bound to be pleasantly surprised!  (Please note:  All information on local activities was obtained from a web search.  No preference or endorsement of any activity is expressed or implied.)

Have a safe and enjoyable time, as strange creatures roam the night!

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