Halloween is celebrated on Oct. 31 each year. The big day is just around the corner so it's time to make your plans.
Halloween originated in Europe. The holiday was brought to the United States by immigrants from Scotland and Ireland, according to TimeandDate.com
Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, here are 10 ways to enjoy Halloween in Lynchburg. Some of these activities and events will take place on the weekend before Halloween, while others will be held on Halloween.
Plan a Halloween party or costume parade at your house. Invite friends, neighbors and relatives and have fun making memories together.
Serve your favorite spooky foods or try some new treats. You'll find lots of Halloween recipes and party ideas at FamilyEducation.com
The Halloween trick-or-treat tradition began in the 1950s with kids going door-to-door asking for treats. Sometimes the kids were asked to do tricks to earn their treats.
If you're planning to go trick-or-treating this year, be sure to make safety top priority. Carry a flashlight and wear reflective tape or light-colored clothing so you can be seen better.
Kids should not wear anything that obstructs their view, including large masks. Be cautious about long robes since they can cause your kids to trip.
An adult should always accompany children who are trick-or-treating. Parents should check candy and other goodies at home before kids eat any of it.
Many churches will hold trunk-or-treat events to keep kids busy and safe. Parents line cars up in the parking lot and kids parade from car to car, collecting candy from the trunks of each car.
Enjoy trunk-or-treat on Sunday night, Oct. 27 at Timberlake United Methodist Church and Forest Presbyterian Church. Trunk-or-treaters can also head to Thomas Terrace Baptist Church from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Halloween.
Enjoy a Halloween festival this year. Combine the fun of trunk-or-treat with a fall festival at the Fort Hill Neighborhood Festival on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
On Halloween, Kids Karnival will be celebrated from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Thomas Road Baptist Church. This huge Halloween celebration including inflatables, trunk-or-treat, candy and kids in fifth grade and younger.
Enjoy a Halloween costume parade this year. On Oct. 26, the Lick or Treat Pet Parade will be held at Riverside Runners at 10:00 a.m. On Halloween, there will be an indoor costume party at Lynchburg Public Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The older kids will enjoy a trip to Scaremare or the Knights of Columbus Haunted House. The last weekend of Scaremare will be Oct. 24 to Oct. 26. The spooky fun begins at dusk.
The Knights of Columbus Haunted House will be held at the K of C Clubhouse at 201 Sweeney Circle in Forest on Oct. 26-27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Take part in a spooky walk or run for Halloween. The Lynchburg Zombie Walk will be held at Lynchburg Community Market on Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Bring a donation of canned food as your admission fee.
On Oct. 27, the Run For Your Life Zombie Run will be held at 5 p.m. on the campus of Presbyterian Homes, 150 Linden Avenue. Register in advance for this event as a zombie or a victim. Zombies should arrive at 3 p.m. and victims at 4 p.m. on race day.
For a fun Halloween walk, enjoy the Scarecrow Stroll in Altavista. Downtown merchants have scarecrows outside their businesses. Take a walk around town all month and vote for your favorite on Oct. 26.
The little ones will enjoy their own Halloween Bash at Romp n' Roll, 114 Hexham Drive in Wyndhurst. There are two different events for ages 6 months to 5 years. Reserve your spot for Oct. 27 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. or Oct. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. by calling (434) 509-0009.
Bring your preschooler to FunQuest Family Entertainment Center on Halloween morning for a special holiday-themed Tot Thursday. Kids up to age 5 are welcome to wear their costumes and bring a riding toy to ride on the skating rink from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come to the Old City Cemetery on Halloween for a traditional All Hallows Eve Service at 5 p.m. at the chapel. Kids are invited to wear costumes to this free event.
Halloween is a favorite holiday for many kids and adults. However you plan to celebrate, enjoy making Halloween memories with your kids this year.