Several towns planning Halloween events for kids

Marion events

Marion is combining Night of the Rhino and its annual Trick-or-Treat Downtown.

Children can trick-or-treat businesses on Main Street from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, said Margo Yates, executive director of Marion Chamber of Commerce.

A children’s costume party will follow at 5:30 p.m. in Liberty Park, sponsored by the Chamber.

In the past, prizes were awarded to the top place winner, but this year everyone will get something, she said.

“It’s tough to judge costumes,” Yates said, which is why a lot of businesses within the Chamber donated to the party.

After the costume party, the Marion Police Department is sponsoring a free hot-dog feed and bounce house.

According to Chief of Police Josh Whitwell, this is his department’s way of giving back to the community and will be an opportunity to visit with residents. A fundraising dance for students in sixth through ninth grades will be from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Marion Lake Hall.

The cost is $5, said Allison Shults, one of the members of the Baseball/Softball Boosters in charge of organizing the dance. All money will go toward the baseball and softball program to help pay for the regional tournament, upgrades and other improvements.

Anita Seacat and Whitwell will be providing entertainment.

Other dance highlights include a hayrack ride from downtown Marion to the Lake Hall, roasting marshmallows, dressing in costumes, prizes and more.

Florence activities

Florence is having its fifth annual Fall Festival starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Florence gymnasium.

According to organizers, activities will include games for children and a meal at 6 p.m. of Sloppy Joes and hot dogs.

After dinner, organizers have a haunted house set up in the basement of the gymnasium.

Anyone planning to attend is encouraged to come dressed in costume and participate in the costume contest.

The Florence Fall Festival, one organizer said, is one way the community can work together and provide a free event for everyone to enjoy.

This year’s organizations include the Chamber of Com­merce, Pride, Florence Fire Department, local Emer­gency Medical Services, Florence Library board and the city.

Canton-Galva activities

The Canton-Galva High School chapter of Future Busi­ness Leaders of America will be having a Halloween carnival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Canton Fair­grounds.

Organizers said the event will include games, prizes, a haunted hayrack ride and more. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to help support the Canton-Galva FBLA chapter and offset expenses from the carnival.

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