Hillsville’s “Safe Halloween” marks its 20th year with the event slated for October 31. The event, organized by the Friends of Hillsville (FOH) and the Town, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Activities will include games, hayrides and of course, trick or treating. A costume contest will be held on the steps of the Historic Hillsville Courthouse. The categories are: 2-years and younger judged at 6:45 p.m.; 3-years to-7-years judged at 6:55 p.m.; 8-years to 12 years judged at 7:05 p.m.; and 13-years to adult judged at 7:15 p.m. Prizes will be given to the top three winners in each category. Hayrides will be held behind town hall (Jailhouse Square).
Town Manager Retta Jackson indicated downtown merchants’ participation remain the cornerstone of the event. Community donations and fundraising by the FOH are allowing a small portion of the candy to be provided for participating merchants. Main Street will be closed during the event. Participating businesses will open to receive local “ghosts and goblins.”
Drivers are reminded to slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.