Halloween on the Square 2018

Families trick-or-treated around downtown Carthage in 2018. This year’s Halloween on the Square event takes place Thursday, Oct. 31.

The spooky season is in full swing, and several major Halloween events will take place in Panola County this weekend and on the day itself.

Carthage Main Street is once again hosting its Downtown Costume Contest and Halloween on the Square this year.

Carthage Main Street’s annual costume contest is 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.

“There will be candy at participating stores all around the Carthage Square along with special surprises,” Carthage Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney said. “Join us downtown to see what’s in store this year.”


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.


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.

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.

Legacy Tumble & Cheer, 1156 Texas 149, is hosting a daytime playtime fall festival from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 25. Cost is $5 per child, with events including pumpking painting, games, music and snacks for crawlers through age 5.

The Rolling Rhino Skate Rink in Carthage will host a costume skate on Friday, Oct. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $8, plus $2 for rollerblades. A $25 cash prize will be awarded to a lucky winner. Costume dress code includes no masks, no mid-drift showing and nothing too revealing or too short.

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.

First United Methodist Church in Carthage will host its annual Pumpkin Glow on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Festivities will include an outdoor worship service, hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, apple cider, an outdoor movie, games, a pumpkin carving contest and trick-or-treating around the track. Bring kids in costume and a carved pumpkin for the contest.

Still Waters Cowboy Church will host a truck-or-treat event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the church, 1699 Texas 315. All ages are welcome, and people are encouraged to decorate the back of their truck, car or trailer. Free hot dogs and nachos will be served.

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

Faith Assembly of God, 1218 S. Market St. is hosting a free trunk-or-treat event on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.


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.

Unincorporated Panola County

Area churches will host the annual Community Fall Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, 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.

Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, at the intersection of County Road 119 and FM 1970 in the Buncombe Community, will host their Fall Fest at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Bring your best pumpkin. There will be food, hay rides and games and activities for all ages.


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.