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The Carthage Main Street Costume Contest is planned Saturday.

Halloween is quickly approaching, and a plethora of events are planned for kids and families this week.

Halloween on the Square

Carthage Main Street’s Halloween on the Square is returning after taking last year off due to COVID-19. Downtown Carthage promises to be a hive of Halloween and Fall Festival fun.

This will be the eighth Halloween on the Square, said Carthage Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney. It’ll be Sunday, Oct. 31 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Deloney said all the stores around the square will be participating, as well as other businesses around town. First Baptist Church and Central Baptist Church also plan to host their fall festival events at the same time.

Announced events include a visit from the Ghost Busters Ecto 1 Mobile at the Fudge & More Store from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The store will also be giving away free “ectoplasm fudge” (sour green apple) to kids.

Coldwell Banker is also sponsoring a haunted maze during Halloween on the Square.


Still Waters Cowboy Church will host its annual Cowboy Carnival event on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 1699 Texas 315 in Carthage. The family-friendly festival will include free hot dogs and nachos, games, pony rides and a costume contest for kids ages 2 to 18.

The Rolling Rhino Skate Park, 2203 W. Panola St. in Carthage, is hosting Halloween Skates on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday. Both days will have a costume contest.

Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Center will host a trick or treat event on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at their facility, 4054 NW Loop. Residents will be sitting on the front porch and passing out candy.

LoveWell will host a Halloween event Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Carthage High School. More than 60 vendors will be set up to help pass out candy.


The Beckville ISD Education Foundation will host its 10th annual Under the Harvest Moon carnival on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Beckville football stadium. This family-friendly event will include games and activities for all ages.


A Gary ISD Haunted Trail is planned Thursday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 29 beginning at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 30 beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 a person. Loading will be at the back of the cafeteria.

Gary ISD will host their Fall Festival at the Gary Elementary Campus, 132 Bobcat Trail, on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. The Queen’s Contest is set for 5 p.m., followed by a costume contest at 5:30 p.m. and Fall Festival at 6 p.m. Activities include bingo, food, cake walk, haunted trail, game room and more.

Panola County

Bethel Baptist Church, 160 County Road 1521 in Clayton will host a Trunk or Treat event on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Hotdogs will be served, and a hayride is planned.

Martin Creek Lake State Park, in Taum, will host Candy and Cauldrons on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. on their shelter loop. Bring a canned food item for each person 13 and older and receive free admission to the park.

Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 1050 County Road 108, will host a Wild West Fall Fest from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

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