PICKENS COUNTY – Fall is in the air and local festivities will soon mark the official start to the holiday season.
For some local residents, that will mean breaking out the ghost costume and dusting off the witch’s broom in search of some downtown Halloween fun.
The cities of Easley and Pickens are gearing up for another year of celebrations, and officials say Trick or Treating is right around the corner for candy-craving children.
The City of Pickens, along with Cannon Memorial Hospital will host its annual Trick or Treat Trail on Saturday Oct. 26. The festivities will kick off on West Main Street and will last from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“There will be a costume contest during the Trick or Treat Trail,” Pickens City Administrator Katherine Hendricks said. “There will be plenty of popcorn and candy.”
Hendricks said this is the perfect time of the year to get out and see what Pickens has to offer.
“This event has just gotten larger and larger every year,” Hendricks said. “It’s a safe way to do Trick or Treating and a good way to showcase downtown. This is a great reason for us to keep people in Pickens. This event has been very successful and it has been a great partnership between us and the hospital to have a safe, family-friendly venue that keeps everybody together.”
Hendricks said the event will be tobacco and alcohol free and those seeking more information for the event in Pickens are asked to call Amanda Cooper with Cannon Hospital at 864-878-4791.
“We’re still looking for people if businesses want to sponsor a booth,” Hendricks said. “We have 19 different booths signed up so far, and it’s not too late for others to sign up.”
The City of Easley will also celebrate Halloween with community Trick or Treating and festivities at Old Market Square.
The event at Old Market Square, which will include games and activities, is set to take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween night (Oct. 31). Trick or Treating with downtown merchants will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Each individual merchant will decide whether or not to participate in Trick or Treat.
Sherri Jones, President of the Downtown Merchant’s Association, said she has been doing events like this in Easley for nearly a decade and believes it is fun for all involved.
“We look forward to this every year,” Jones said. “The kids have on some of the cutest costumes you have ever seen. Some of them are very bold and proud of their costume and others are very timid and shy. You get to see so many great kids and it just makes you feel good.”