Halloween on the Square 2018

Downtown businesses hosted the annual trick-or-treating event Halloween on the Square on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.

October means it’s time for spooky celebrations, fall festivals and other events.

The following is a list of events submitted by area cities, organizations and churches through the end of the month. Have an event you want to submit? Email news@panolawatchman.com.


The Beckville ISD Education Foundation’s annual Under the Harvest Moon Carnival is Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at the high school football stadium.

This year’s carnival will have a photo booth, bingo, a cake walk, a raffle and games for the whole family, in addition to chicken and dressing plates, fish plates and loaded baked potatoes. A costume contest starts at 7:30 p.m., with prizes for first through third place.

For more information, visit beckvilleisd.net.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 5209 FM 959, will host its “Hallelujah Hayride” at 6 p.m. Oct. 12. A hayride, cookout and games are planned. The hayride leaves the church at 6 p.m.


Downtown Carthage will play host to a number of Halloween events in October.

The Country Music Hayride will screen “Beetlejuice” on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Esquire Theater, 114 W. Sabine St. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12 and free for kids under 6.

Carthage Main Street’s annual Costume Contest is planned Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Anderson Park in downtown Carthage. Registration opens at 10 a.m. and is open to all ages. Costume awards to be given out are cutest, funniest, most original, scariest and judge’s choice.

Halloween on the Square, the season’s biggest event, takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 in downtown Carthage. Businesses around the Square will be handing out candy and toys to eager trick-or-treaters.

Strike Force Laser Tag is hosting “Zombie Escape,” a one-of-a-kind attraction that combines laser tag, mini escape rooms, a maze and zombies, between Oct. 25 and Nov. 10 at 216 W. Hayden St. Squads “navigate the infected labyrinth that used to be Carthage” to save humanity.

Space is limited for each night. Cost is $20 per participant, with group rates available. Strike Force describes the attraction as “intense.” Children under 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult. For more information, visit strikeforcelaser.com or call (903) 806-5276.

Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 1050 County Road 108, will host a fall festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Enjoy games, candy, bounce houses and hot dogs. The annual chili cook-off is also planned; no pre-made mixes, cans or boxes to compete.

Carthage Missionary Baptist Church, 918 W. Sabine St. in Carthage hosts a trunk or treat event at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.


Area churches host the annual Community Fall Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 19. This across-the-river family event will take place at the Deadwood United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center, 744 County Road 445 in Deadwood.


The Gary Fall Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Gary ISD, 132 Bobcat Trail. Find bingo, a haunted house, concession stand, game room, cakewalk, bounce house and more. The Queen’s Contest is at 5 p.m. followed by the Spook’s Contest at 5:30 p.m.

Enterprise Baptist Church hosts a Trunk or Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30. It’s fun for the whole family, including candy, games and hot dogs. The church is located at 1703 County Road 175 west of Gary.


Martin Creek Lake State Park, County Road 2181-D in Tatum, will host a Trunk or Treat event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Dress your kids up in costume and bring them to the park for trick-or-treating! Meet at the boat ramp parking area. This year’s event also includes a spooky shelter tour.

Entry fees are $3 for adults (13 years or older) and free for kids 12 and under. Entrance fees are waived for those decorating their vehicles and handing out candy, as well as for vehicles who donate non-perishable food items (at least one per child). Food donations will go to the Samaritan House in Tatum.