In addition to trick-or-treat and trunk-or-treat events, local organizations are adding pumpkin flair to everything from roller skating to concerts, dances and charitable runs and walks.
Here’s a list of Halloween and seasonal fun activities we’ve discovered that could appeal to a variety of ages.
- Halloween skate party, 6-10 p.m., Dublin Community Club, 1764 Foundry Road, Cambridge City. Games, music, prizes. Must arrive by 6:45 to be in costume contest. $5 per skater (including skates). 765-478-4775.
- Haunted museum, 6-9 p.m., Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 N. A St. Richmond. 14th annual “not too scary” experience. $10, $5 for kids/seniors, under 5 free. 765-962-5756.
- Masquerade, 7-11 p.m., Starr-Gennett Building, 101 S. First St., Richmond. Stage Fright II fundraiser for Richmond Civic Theatre. Food, entertainment, costume contest. Ages 18+. $35 in advance, $50 day of event. gorct.org or 765-962-1816.
Oct. 21, 28, 31
- Ghostly guided tour, 7, 8,9 p.m., Preble County Historical Society, 7693 Swartsel Road, Eaton, Ohio. For ages 10 and older. Learn about Victorian mourning and hear tales of paranormal experiences. $25. Preregister at preblecountyhistoricalsociety.com.
- Family Halloween concert, 3 p.m., Civic Hall, 380 Hub Etchinson Parkway, Richmond. Music from “Frozen,” Pixar movies, classics and more. Costumes welcome. Offered by Richmond Symphony Orchestra. RHS drumline will perform. $25/adults, K-12 free. 765-966-5181.
- Trick-or-treat, 5-7 p.m., Safety Village of Wayne County, 700 N.W. 13th St., Richmond. Ages 8 and younger. Free. richmondkiwanis.com
- Halloween party, 6-7 p.m., Cambridge City Public Library, 600 W. Main St., Cambridge City. A not-too-scary time. Wear costume for a parade around the library. Halloween songs, crafts and snack. 765-478-3335.
- Festival, 5-6:30 p.m., Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 N. Sixth St., Richmond. Carnival games and trick-or-treating. Kid-friendly costumes welcome, no scary apparel or weapons. Free. 765-966-8291.
- Fall kids’ activities, Centerville Public Library, 126 E. Main St., Centerville. Stories at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; games at 2 p.m. Crafts and snacks throughout the day. Free.
- Family festival, 6:30 p.m., Central Christian Church, 4511 National Road W., Richmond. Trunk-or-treat, games, square dance lessons, bonfire (bring chair). 765-935-1745
- 5K run/walk, 8-9:30 a.m. check-in, 10 a.m. race, Golay Community Center, 1007 E. Main St., Cambridge City. Monster Mash date has been rescheduled from Oct. 14. $20 by Oct. 18; $25 afterward. 765-478-5565.
- Hayride, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hodgin Road Christian Church, 4050 Hodgin Road, Richmond. Pumpkins and s’mores.
- Trick-or-treat, 5-7 p.m., Glen Miller Park, 2200 E. Main St., Richmond. Games, candy, prizes, discovery zone.
- Trick-or-treat, 5-8 p.m., Fountain City.
- Trick-or-treat, 5-7 p.m., Greens Fork.
- Trick-or-treat and community meal, 5-7 p.m., Losantville. Chili/hot dogs served at 5 p.m. for a freewill donation. Costume contest at 7:15 p.m.
- Trick-or-treat, 6-8:30 p.m., in City of Richmond.
- Trick-or-treat, 6-8 p.m., East Germantown/Pershing. Trunk-or-treat will be same hours at parking lot across from Sit-Sleep-Save, 420 Main St.
- Trick-or-treat, 6-8 p.m., Milton.
- Trunk-or-treat, 6-9 p.m., Lions Club, 600 W. Main St., Fountain City. Games, food, costume contest, music and prizes. Pumpkin carving contest for $5. Those wanting to distribute candy are asked to RSVP at 765-576-0101.
- Fundraiser walk, 6-6:30 p.m. registration, VFW #1108, 213 S. Eighth St., Richmond. $10 per person. Must be 21. Final stop and party at American Legion Post 65. Food, auction, band, door prizes, raffle all benefiting American Cancer Society. Organized by Sons of American Legion #65.
- Trunk-or-treat, 6-8:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 121 S. 18th St., Richmond.
- Halloween carnival, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Economy Gym. Games, food and a masquerade at 7 p.m. for ALL ages. Organized by Economy Lions Club. 765-238-1231.
- Silent film with music, 7:30 p.m., The Reid Center, 1004 N. A St., Richmond. Organist Jonathan Hampton will perform alongside the 1929 version of “The Phantom of the Opera.” $5. reidcenter.org or 765-966-7618.
- Dance, 8-11 p.m., VFW, 219 N. Ohio St., Greenville, Ohio. Halloween-themed event for area singles and couples 21-plus. Costumes optional; treats provided. $9 per person. 937-423-2664.
- Train ride, 10 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., Whitewater Valley Railroad, 455 Market St., Connersville. Pumpkinliner offers hayride to and from pumpkin patch and pumpkin for ages 12 and younger. $12 for ages 2 and older. Rain or shine. 765-825-2054
- Trunk-or-treat, 3-5 p.m., LifeSpring Church, 501 S. Seventh St., Richmond.
- Costume contest, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Centerville Public Library, 126 E. Main St., Centerville. Prizes for adults and kids. Free. 765-855-5223.
- Trick-or-treat, 5-7 p.m., Centerville.
- Trick-or-treat, 5-7 p.m., Economy. Trunk-or-treat at Economy United Methodist Church matches those hours.
- Trick-or-treat, 5-7 p.m., participating businesses in Historic Depot District (Fort Wayne Avenue area) and Main Street, Richmond.
- Costume parade, 5:30 p.m., leaves from former Central School on U.S. 40, Cambridge City, and ends at fire station, 127 W. Maple St. Costume judging then begins at fire station. 765-541-0964.
- Trunk-or-treat, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Centerville United Methodist Church, 112 S. Morton Ave., Centerville. Music and refreshments.
- Trick-or-treat, 6-8 p.m., Cambridge City. Trunk-or-treat at Cambridge City Christian Church, 106 W. Church St., matches town trick-or-treat hours.
- Trick-or-treat, 6-8 p.m., Dublin.
- Trick-or-treat, 6-8 p.m., Hagerstown. Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene will offer games, hot chocolate, candy and toys at the gazebo across from town hall, 49 E. College St., during those hours.
- Trick-or-treat, 6-7:30 p.m., Webster.
- Trick-or-treat, 6-7:30 p.m., The Leland Legacy, 900 S. A St., Richmond. Open to the public. Enter east door.
- Halloween party for adults, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, New Boswell, 410 N. 10th St., Richmond. Shiner Band starts at 8 p.m. Food for sale. Ticket price ($20 in advance, $25 at door) benefits local charities. Costume contest.
A version of this article appeared in the October 18 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.