Four towns plan events for children

Hillsboro, Marion, Canton and Florence have organized something special Friday, Oct. 30, for area children to celebrate Hallo?ween.

In Hillsboro, the annual ?Trick or Treat Main Street,? sponsored by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The event gives children a chance to walk up and down Main Street getting candy from the downtown merchants in a safe environment.

Halloween photos will also be taken from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the city building, 118 E. Grand, which is sponsored by the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In Marion, downtown businesses will have treats for children from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Then at 5:30 p.m. a costume contest and drawing at Suffield?s lot are planned. Adults can register for prizes too, said Margo Yates, director of the Marion Chamber of Commerce.

Merchants participating in the event include Central Park Antiques, Good Happens, Marion Auto Supply, Carlsons? Grocery, Marion County Record, Duckwall?s, Marion Pharmacy and Marion Ampride.

The Emmanuel Baptist Church, 229 Walnut, will also be offering a ?Trunk or Treat? and chili feed starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

The Canton-Galva High School chapter of Future Busi?ness Leaders of America are planning a Halloween Carnival at the Canton Fair?grounds from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Organizers said the event will include games, prizes, a haunted hayrack ride and more. Children from ages birth through grade six are invited to attend and are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome to help support the Canton-Galva FBLA chapter and offset expenses from the carnival.

In Florence, the fourth annual Fall Festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday with fun and games at Grandview Park, said Janet Robinson, city clerk.

Chili and hot dogs will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a haunted hayrack ride at 7 p.m. ?Costumes are optional,? she said.

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