Halloween will be observed in Harlan County on Oct. 31. Trick or treat hours are from 5-7 p.m. for the county, Benham, Cumberland, Evarts, Harlan, Loyall and Lynch. Several events are planned throughout the county to celebrate Halloween:
• The Harlan County Arts Council will sponsor Pumpkin Square on Oct. 30 on the courthouse lawn during Trick or Treat on Main from 3-5 p.m. Contest entries will be accepted through Oct. 29, from 5-8 p.m. each night at the courthouse. Categories include adult carving, adult art, youth carving and youth art. Youth categories include ages 15 and under, and the art categories include painting and any form of decorating that does not include carving. First- through third-place will receive ribbons, and cash prizes of $50 will be awarded to first place winners. Pumpkins will stay lit through 10 p.m. A “Pumpkin Square” Traveling Trophy will be awarded to the business, civic organization or club that has the best entry as well as the school with the most entries. Judging will begin at 4 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the courthouse gazebo. DJ Mark Lawson will be playing Halloween-themed music, and a “Scary Art” exhibit organized by The Artists Attic will be featured along with photo opportunities for trick-or-treaters and a Community Thriller Dance at 5 p.m. led by local fitness instructor Stacey Madon. For more information, contact Jennifer McDaniels at 606-573-4223.
• Harlan Christian Church will host Trunk N Treat for all ages from 6:15-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Huff Park parking lot. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and cupcakes served from 6:15-6:45 p.m. Come in your favorite Halloween costume.
• The Village Center will present the 28th annual Halloween Boo Bash on Oct. 31 at the mall. Costume contest registration is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — judging at 1 p.m. Costumes will be judged on appearance, theme and originality. Registration for the pumpkin contest is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — judging at 12:45 p.m. Pumpkins will be judged on appearance and originality. The deadline for the coloring contest is Oct. 30. Ages 12 and under can pick up and return coloring sheets at Jewelcraft in the mall. Gift certificates and ribbons will be awarded for all contests. For more information, call 606-573-2900.
• There will be a Haunted House from 7-11 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 31 at Loyall City Hall. The cost is $5, kids 12 and under $3.
• Trick or Treat on Main will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 30 in downtown Harlan. A balloon will mark businesses participating.
• Trick or Treat on Main in downtown Cumberland will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 30.
• Harlan Health & Rehabilitation Center’s annual Trick or Treat Night will be held on Oct. 30 beginning at 6 p.m. until the candy is gone. Children 12 and under are welcome to attend.
• Pine Mountain Settlement School will host several Halloween events on Oct. 31. Hayrides will be held from 3-5 p.m. Trunk or Treat will be from 5-7 p.m. and will include contests and prizes. Costume contest winners will be awarded by age group (0-4, 5-9, 10-14, 15-18) — $15 Walmart gift card. There will also be contests for Best Pumpkin and Trunk Decorations ($15 Walmart gift card). A bonfire featuring storytelling will be held from 7-9 p.m. Food will include hot dogs, chili and drinks. For more information, contact Abby Walker at 606-558-3944, Nathan Boggs at 606-558-3780 or Sky Marietta at 606-558-3131.
• New Freedom Worship Center, located on Meadow Branch Road in Wallins, will host a Fall Festival and Trunk of Treats beginning at 3 p.m. on Oct. 31. There will be goodies, gifts, treats, sweets, gospel singing, hot dogs and drinks. For more information, contact Pastor Bobby Smith at 606-664-3616 or Assistant Pastor Jerry Scott at 606-621-0560.