Start planning your Halloween costume and mark your calendar for the Downtown Newton Halloween Spooktacular. From 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24th, 2015. Activities such as costume contests, games, trick-or-treating and trunk or treat will be ongoing around the 1924 Courthouse Square.
Dress up your four-legged friends and be downtown by 5 p.m. for the Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular Costume Contest. Participants will compete for the Best Overall Handmade Costume and Best Overall Commercial Costume in canine and/or non-canine divisions.
The Ghouls and Goblins Costume Contest begins at 6 p.m.. The contest will feature two categories, original (handmade) and commercial, with one winner in each of the following age groups: 0-3, 4-7, 8-12, 13-17, and 18+. Each participant will receive a goody bag.
Pre-registration for both contests continues until Oct. 24. Entries will be accepted for the Howl-O-Ween contest from 4 to 4:30 p.m. and Ghouls and Goblins entries accepted from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Learn more about the costume contests on our Parks & Recreation page.
Area residents are invited to attend Spooktacular for safe trick-or-treating. Local churches, businesses, and civic organizations are encouraged to join in this community event. The goal of the event is to provide an old-fashioned fall festival that is family-friendly, featuring storefront decorations, Halloween-themed inflatables, games, and candy. More than 1,500 pounds of candy was distributed last year.
For more information about the costume contests, contact the Newton Parks & Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.