Mecklenburg’s multifaceted Halloween

Youngsters will have plenty to do around Mecklenburg County to celebrate Halloween. From South Hill’s annual Monster Mash to Chase City’s trunk-or-treat event in addition to trick-or-treating and a handful of other safe alternatives, there should be no shortage of candy, costumes and spooky fun to be found on Monday night.
Annually drawing large crowds, South Hill will host its annual Monster Mash on Monday evening at Centennial Park beginning at 4 p.m. and lasting until 7 p.m.
Monster Mash includes a costume contest beginning at 5:30 p.m. and open to all children age 12 and under. An adult costume contest will also take place. The contests will take place in the outdoor amphitheatre area of the park. Trophies will be handed out to winners, so dress your best!
Food and drinks will also be available for purchase from the South Hill Rotary Club and Light It Up Concessions. D.J. Mark Kidd provide musical entertainment by way of spooky and scary Halloween tunes, and Robert Harris Photography will be taking photos for a $10 donation to the South Hill Revitalization Committee.
There will also be moonbounces, candy, games and other activities for kids.
The event will wrap up by 7 p.m., giving kids the opportunity to go trick-or treating afterward.
South Hill Town Manager Kim Callis reminds citizens of the following provisions of the town ordinance in regards to Halloween: trick-of-treaters must be age 12 or younger, trick-of-treating ends at 9 p.m., masks, costumes and disguises may be worn only by trick-of-treaters, people engaged in a bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball or for medically necessary reasons, and a curfew is in effect for minors from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, except during an emergency or under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian or other adult having the care and custody of the minor.
Also, Callis said Virginia law prohibits persons under age 16 from riding in any trailers, and pick-up truck bodies, whether open or covered.
Immediately following the Monster Mash event in Centennial Park, the Impact Church of God will host its annual Halloween Hallelujah Night beginning at 7 p.m. and stretching through 9 p.m.
The event will feature music, moonbounces, face painting, free food and candy and offers children a safe alternative to trick-or-treating.
There is no admission fee for Monster Mash or the Hallelujah Night events
There will also be a variety of other safe alternatives to trick-or-treating offered around the county.
The town of Chase City will be hosting its annual Halloween Street Party trunk-or-treat event on Monday night from 6-8 p.m., on Main Street. The popular event will feature free food, a D.J. and plenty of free candy for kids. The event offers a safe, traffic free, well-lit area for kids to go from trunk to trunk and collect their candy.
Attendees are invited to dress-up in costumes (even adults) and decorate their vehicles as well. There is also no admission fee for this event.
If kids are still trying to fill those candy bags after attending any of the events on Monday, traditional trick-or-treating is scheduled in most towns around the county for Halloween evening as follows;
Brodnax will host trick-or-treaters 5:30-8 p.m.
Clarksville will host trick-or-treaters from 5:30-7 p.m.
Boydton will host trick-or-treaters from 5:30-8 p.m.
Chase City and La Crosse have no set times for trick-or-treating, although for safety reasons, most areas across Virginia expect children to finish up by 10 p.m.
All towns ask that children and their guardians celebrate Halloween safely and responsibly.
For those who don’t wish to be out celebrating Halloween on a school night, several places, businesses and organizations are offering Halloween activities over the weekend just prior to the holiday.
Dance It Out dance studio in La Crosse will be offering a kid-friendly haunted house, along with other games and activities, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30. The event will begin at 4 p.m, and run through 8 p.m. on each night. Admission for the haunted house will be $3. Dance It Out is located at 124 S. Main Street in La Crosse.
La Crosse Volunteer Fire Department will also be offering a haunted house and carnival over the weekend, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29. This event will be held at the old La Crosse Hotel from 6-11 p.m. each night, with a children’s costume contest beginning at 7 p.m. The event will also feature games and activities for children at the La Crosse Fire Department, located just across the street from the hotel. Tickets for the haunted house will be $5 apiece.
The Palmer Springs Volunteer Fire Department will also be hosting a Halloween Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the station, located at the intersection of Springs, Mineral Springs and Rough roads. The event will feature food and games as well as a children’s costume contest. There is no admission fee for this event.
Finally, if you aren’t quite ready to go home after collecting candy or attending Halloween events, you should cruise out to Callis Road, just outside of South Hill, and check out Zeb Elliott’s spectacular Halloween light show.
Elliott extravagantly decorates his home, located at 1899 (at the end of) Callis Road, with lights and other decorations, all set to music. Visitors can tune their vehicle radios to FM 99.7 and listen to the music that goes along with the light show.
His light show is currently underway, beginning nightly at 7:15 p.m., and running until the end of the month.