Weekend Halloween happenings

Published 2:55 pm Friday, October 28, 2011

The City of Bainbridge has a free, fun-filled Halloween weekend planned for the youth of the community.

Beginning Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Earle May Boat Basin there will be hayrides and food vendors on site before the double-feature movies begin at dusk. The featured movie is “How to Train Your Dragon,” said to be entertainment for young and old alike, and a second showing of “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown,” the animated classic TV special of how the Peanuts Gang celebrates Halloween. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and join the fun for Movies on the Flint, at the outdoor boat basin theater on Saturday night.

Monday’s big Halloween adventure is Pumpkins in the Park, held around the downtown square. Registration begins in Willis Park at 4:30 p.m., but children are recommended to do their trick or treating at downtown merchants prior to that time, so that they can get to the banks before they close.

Costume judging will begin at 5 p.m. Age groups have changed this year to the following: 0-3, 4-7, 8-11 and 12 and up.

A new event, “Create a Pumpkin” has been promoted with the schools, where students have designed pumpkins to be entered in three competitive categories: most creative, silliest, and scariest.

The block of Water Street between West Street and Broad Street, in front of the Bon Air, will be closed to traffic and is the staging area for hayrides. In addition, there will be a variety of games for kids, such as bean toss and go-fish games. In addition, the Youth Cats will be conducting children’s activities.

You won’t want to miss having a photo taken with Mr. Pumpkin Head. Parents can either take the photos of their children, or City of Bainbridge staff will take them, free of charge, and post them on the city’s blog.

As always, the city will be giving free popcorn and Gatorade to all the little witches and goblins.

Community trick or treating follows the downtown event. Residents wishing to greet the trick or treaters are asked to turn their porch lights on as an invitation.