WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – Looks like October 31 is the big day for ghost, goblins, super heroes and princesses in both Mingo and Pike counties.
The Mingo County Commission approved last night to set Monday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in order to correspond with Pike County’s decision earlier yesterday to hold trick or treat at the same time.
The decision was finally made after a lengthy discussion.
In the past, trick or treat night has been held on the Thursday before Halloween.
Several events will also be held at the Williamson Fieldhouse on the 31st , including a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.
The Williamson City Council also recently approved two fall and Halloween related activities.
The first activity approved by council was the Scarecrow Stroll. Tonya Webb and Chris Dotson with the Williamson Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) discussed the Scarecrow Stoll competition at the last council meeting.
Following council approval, scarecrows have been popping up throughout downtown Williamson. The scarecrows are part of Williamson’s Scarecrow Stroll competition. The competition began on September 19 with official judging scheduled for September 26. Businesses and residents are challenged to creative a unique and innovative scarecrow. Categories include: business, residence, and fan favorite. Winners for the competition will be announced on September 30.
Council also approved Spook Fest scheduled for Saturday, October 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Williamson. Webb explained the event saying, “We have a lot of residents that love Halloween and children love to Trick or Treat, if the city will allow us, I would like to do a festival. The kids can go Trick or Treating and the local businesses would stay open…”
Webb explained that the CVB is collaborating with other local organizations, including Action in Mingo (AIM) and the Tug Valley Road Runners Club (TVRRC) to make Spook Fest part of an all day event. AIM has a rubber duck race, a Halloween parade, and a costume contest and the TVRRC has a Halloween themed 5K scheduled for Saturday, October 29.
Courtney Harrison with the Williamson Daily News contributed to this article.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.