Trick-or-treating set for Saturday

The cities of Crossett and Hamburg have moved the public trick-or-treating night to Saturday, Oct. 30. Crossett has an 8 p.m. curfew for trick-or-treaters.

 Think of it as All Hallow’s Eve Eve.

The cities of Crossett and Hamburg will mark the public celebration of Halloween trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 30 instead of the actual date of Halloween, Oct. 31.

In Crossett, the city council made the decision to move the public revelries forward based on a combination of tradition, requests from churches, and concerns about the evening falling on a school night.

Mayor Crystal Marshall said Tuesday that aside from the date change, all other Halloween customs will remain the same in Crossett — including the 8 p.m. curfew for trick-or-treaters.

The City of Hamburg announced its plans for Oct. 30 trick-or-treating in late September.

For those who can’t wait to get their costume on and collect some candy, First United Methodist Church of Hamburg will have a Trunk or Treat event in its Fellowship Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, and First Baptist Church of Hamburg will host a Trunk or Treat event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Hamburg Square.

The Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce will also kick off festivities a day early. Area children can stop by the Chamber building at the intersection of Main Street and First Avenue, where Chamber members will be handing out candy, between 4 and 6 p.m. Friday. While little spooks and ghouls aren’t required to show up in costume, they are encouraged to do so.

On Saturday, Ashley County’s first responder groups will gather in the Hamburg Square from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday for a Trunk or Treat event. 

Among the other area offerings, the Fountain Hill Haunted Big Top will be open from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 29 and Oct. 30. 

The haunted house attraction, located at the former Fountain Hill High School, is a fund raiser for the Fountain Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Admission is $7 per person.

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