Halloween is haunting Madison County once again, and all good little ghouls and zombies have several opportunities to enjoy a creepy, crawly good time.

One popular event is the annual Halloween Hoe-Down hosted by Richmond Parks and Recreation, which is set for Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event, which is held on Main Street in downtown Richmond at the Courthouse Square, will feature fun for the entire family.

"The event is family friendly focused and helps to give people the opportunity to make memories with their family, and interact with local businesses and organizations," said Mason Chamblee, Museum and Recreational Programmer for Richmond Parks and Recreation. "Each year brings new games, new booths and a new experience."

Children are encouraged to dress up in costume for the festivities and to bring trick-or-treat bags.

In addition to trick-or-treating, festival-goers will enjoy various activities such as games, inflatables, a petting zoo, walk-around characters and more.

Those with a competitive spirit can take part in games and contests for all ages and skill levels. Waivers, available at the event, must be signed by contestants and/or guardians in order to participate. Check-in early on Second Street during the event, according to a parks release.

Entertainment will be provided by Moberly's Karate for Kids, B. Michael Caudill Band, Nu Revolution, The Kentucky Bluegrass Cloggers and The Force Dance Project.

"There will be businesses and local organizations set up with booths to give out information, as well as games and activities to win Halloween prizes, entertainment, and contests happening throughout the night," Chamblee said.

For more information, visit Parks.Richmond.ky.us.

Halloween in the Park

Berea Parks and Recreation will host Halloween in the Park on Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Berea City Park. Children can gather candy from local businesses, snap a picture at a photo booth, take a ride on a fire truck and bounce on inflatables.

Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate. Participants may also hand out small promotional items. Participation is free, and vendors are encouraged to dress up to create a more festive environment. To reserve a spot, contact Berea Parks and Rec. 986-9402 by Oct. 28.

Trick-or-treating

Trick-or-treating in Madison County, Richmond and Berea will be on Halloween day, Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Other fun events

This weekend and next, Spotlight Acting School will be performing Salem's Daughter (A Witch's Tale). Performances are this Saturday (8 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.) and Oct. 25-26 at 8 p.m. This gripping drama is performed by students ages 14-18. Tickets and more information at TheSpotlightPlayhouse.com. The Spotlight Playhouse is at 214 Richmond Road, Berea.

Once again, Ghostly Tales will return to the Old Parsonage of Andrew Tribble on Boonesborough Road on Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. The thrilling stories will be told by C. Ed Bryson, who has served as president of the Kentucky Storytelling Association and chairs the committee producing More Tales, the Wilmore Storytelling Festival. For tickets, call 859-358-8427.

Those thirsting for a new spin on a classic can purchase tickets for Dracula: The New World 2019, presented by the Bluegrass Players, beginning Oct. 28 and running through Nov 2. Back by popular demand for the fourth year in a row, this retelling of Bram Stoker's classic story brings a whole new twist to Dracula. Set in the Appalachian foothills not far from the Spotlight Playhouse, Dracula escaped London and has fled to the new world for a fresh start away from those who pursue him. Tickets can be purchased at TheSpotlightPlayhouse.com. The Spotlight Playhouse is at 214 Richmond Road, Berea.

Additional events can be found in The Register's Community Calendar.

Jonathan Greene is the editor of The Register; follow him on Twitter @jgreeneRR.

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