The fourth Downtown Fall Festival sponsored by the Roanoke police and fire departments is set for Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. It will coincide with the hours set by the council for Halloween trick or treating in Roanoke.

Dorothy Tidwell, event coordinator, is helping to put it together and says they need more people and organizations to participate and hand out candy.

"We're excited about this event in the downtown area. People will hand out candy and brochures," she said. Participation is encouraged from churches and other organizations. Those who do not want to hand out candy at home can do it downtown.

This is a children's event for those 12 years old and under.

"We are asking for participation and everyone is welcome to dress up, but it is a children's event," she said.

Generous members of the community are asked to set up and hand out candy. This a good occasion for churches to participate and hand out brochures and invite people to their services as well, she said.

Parents like to bring their kids who enjoy seeing other kids. Parents get to visit as well. This is a safer event than being all over town, darting into the streets, she said.

Participants should bring their own tables for this Halloween alternative event. They are encouraged to decorate their own space for their organization.

Setup will be on the grass lot at the corner of Church Street and Main Street. Those from other communities are invited to be part of this event.


Farmers market trunk or treat

Randolph County Farmers Market will have trunk-or-treat on Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-noon for children ages 10 and under. There will be carnival games, so bring your change.

Haunted Trail at Woodland

Halloween Plantation Haunted Amusements presents its Haunted Trail this season on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $10.

The trail is near the site of the old Halloween Plantation Haunted House that burned earlier this year at the end of County Road 509, Woodland.

For more information, call(256) 363-1252 or (256) 610-4624.

Haunted Chicken House

The Hollis Haunted Chicken House and Hayride is open 23-24, and 30-31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. For more information, visit