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Halloween events offer thrills and chills

A ghastly chill is in the air and Halloween night is close at hand. For ghouls and goblins, from the youngest to the oldest, the evening offers a number of enjoyable events throughout Beaufort County.

AURORA

The annual Aurora “Trunk or Treat” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of the old Piggly Wiggly.

BATH

From 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, South Main Street will be closed to traffic from Carteret Street to Bonner Point for trick or treating. For more information, contact the Town of Bath during business hours at 252-923-0212.

BELHAVEN

Trick or treating hours are not set in stone in Belhaven. On Halloween evening, the minds behind the Toy Trains of Belhaven will open up the Haunted Caboose to brave souls on Main Street. Belhaven Missionary Baptist Church will also host a “Trunk or Treat” from 6 to 8 p.m., complete with hot dogs, fresh popcorn, bounce houses and lots of candy.

CHOCOWINITY

Thursday night will be a Halloween blowout at Chocowinity Fire and EMS. From 6 to 9 p.m., the department will host a Halloween festival for the community. Admission is free and all kids will receive enough tickets to participate in all the activities, with more tickets available for purchase. The event is sponsored by Chocowinity Fire, EMS, Search and Rescue and the Chocowinity Police Department.

WASHINGTON

In Washington, a variety of events will offer Halloween fun for children and adults alike. Tonight, two events in the Washington area are open to kids from throughout the county.

From 6 to 7:30 p.m. this evening, the members of Washington Yacht & Country Club will park their cars at the country club at 7155 River Road for the club’s annual “Trunk or Treat” event. In Washington, First Baptist Church will host its annual fall festival from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A change of pace from “Trunk or Treat” events in previous years, it’s an indoor event this year on a smaller scale.

During the day on Halloween, Brown Library will host a party for Washington’s witches and wizards based on the “Harry Potter” book series. There will be magic, food and games, and costumes are encouraged. All activities are first-come, first-serve.

As the sun sets Thursday evening, trick or treating traditionally goes from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the city limits. Washington Police and Fire Services Director Stacy Drakeford says the Washington Police Department will have a full complement of officers and detectives on the street to ensure a safe evening for all.

In addition, the Washington Assembly of God will host a fall festival and “Trunk or Treat” open and free to the community. The event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and will feature free food, games, trunk or treating, mechanical bull, inflatables, candy, cakewalk, chili cook off and more. Organizers ask that guests not wear scary costumes to the family-friendly event. Visitors should follow instructions from parking attendants and not park on the side of the highway.

Finally, for the older crowd, local librarian Terry Rollins will host his Washington Haunts Ghost Walk on Halloween night. Ticket sales start at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. tour, which starts from Harding Square, beside the Washington Visitors Center at the foot of Market Street. The ghost walk is a 90-minute walk through three centuries of supernatural occurrences in Washington.

HAUNTED WASHINGTON: For the adult crowd seeking something spooky on Halloween night, local librarian Terry Rollins offers a 90-minute historic ghost walk through downtown Washington. (Daily News)