Things are really scary these days and contrary to rumors that have been floating around on social media, Halloween is happening this year. It’ll just look different. It’s been almost like Halloween since April given most of us have been wearing masks in public. All kidding aside, the City of Lincolnton wanted to offer an option to residents that includes treats and maybe even a few tricks. 

On Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. there will be a drive-through event at First Federal Park in downtown Lincolnton. People will need to get to First Federal Park via East Sycamore Street, according to Lincolnton Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Eurey. No traffic turning onto Popular Street from Main Street will be allowed.

The Lincoln Cultural Center will also be doing a drive-through trick or treat event on North Cedar Street so motorists could enter on North Cedar from East Main, stop at the cultural center and then drive down to First Federal Park via East Sycamore. First United Methodist Lincoln is also doing a trick or treat event so a big loop through downtown Lincolnton is possible.

The Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center and Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties will be at First Federal Park as well.

“We wanted to do something positive for the community,” Eurey said. “Since COVID it seems like all the events have been cancelled. We feel like this is a safe, manageable way that we can still do an event and hopefully create some positivity within the community.”

Also in downtown Lincolnton, “Halloween Town” is still planned at the neighborhood on North High and West Sycamore Streets behind the main library in Lincolnton. Weather permitting, there will be a fantastic display of animatronics in the theme of “Carn-Evil.” Dante Patterson has said that they’re working on a device that can dispense candy at a safe distance.

“We’re watching things carefully, but we think with care and safety in mind we can do something for the event,” he said. “We will not be able to do up close things like the maze, but we still think we can make it fun for any that decide to stop by. We plan to continue to pay attention to all regulations especially at the city, county and state level for guidance.”

Last year’s display got cut short due to rain. This year, it looks like Halloween will be dry. Even a drive by of this display is well worth the time.

Patterson got bit by the Halloween bug when he was young. His father, JG “Pat” Patterson, who was an entertainer and performer, would use his horror movie props to decorate the house and yard. Patterson remembered that every kid in the “whole wide world” would come to their house on Halloween. That’s still the case. There are people who come to the neighborhood now with their kids who came as children themselves.

Other neighbors and members of the community have joined in on the fun over the years so the display should be excellent as it has been in the past. 

Patterson has a regular rule that everything is taken down and put away before the neighborhood children get back from school on the next day. 

“So that there’s the illusion that it’s there one night and then it disappears,” he said. 

The popular “Spooktacular” Festival put on by the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties usually held at Woodmill Winery in Vale is going to be virtual this year. The event will be held from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. There will be storytelling, dancing, book giveaways and special appearances from superheroes and princesses.

Watch for daily sneak peeks beginning on Oct. 26 through Oct. 30 leading up to the event on Facebook (facebook.com/pfclg) or the web (www.pfclg.org). Sneak peeks include music and line dancing, seasonal art activities such as dirt babies and pumpkin painting and how to create fun activities at home such as scavenger hunts.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 from the Partnership’s office, or from staff or board members to be entered into drawings for prizes. The grand prize this year is a laptop bundle (HP laptop and printer). Gift cards and other prizes will also be available to win.

For more information about the Spooktacular virtual event, please contact Rosalind Richardson, community outreach coordinator at (704) 922-0900 or visit Facebook: facebook.com/pfclg or the web: www.pfclg.org.

Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties provides services for local families and children through Smart Start, North Carolina's award-winning early childhood initiative. They serve as a leading advocate and collaborative resource to provide access to high quality services for young children.

Please note, there’s a pretty good chance that Santa will be coming to Lincoln County as well.

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