Hallo-wee ones

Downtown event lets youngsters get a jumpstart on trick-or-treat

Business owners treated youngsters to an early Halloween Friday as Downtown Charles Town held its annual trick-or-treat event. Those taking part also voted on which business’s pumpkin carving they liked best – a competition that ended in a tie between Studio M Salon & Spa and Needful Things.

Costumed youngsters who stopped by the Spirit of Jefferson office at 114 N. Charles St. found themselves in a give-and-take situation: Editor-publisher Robert Snyder (right) gave them chocolate, while photographer Liz Wilson took their portraits.For more photos from the event, go online to spiritofjefferson.com.

A look at upcoming Halloween fun:

“Boo!Fest”: Shepherdstown’s first-ever “Boo!Fest” continues tonight with the 13th annual Shep-or-Treat where anyone in the community 14 and younger can come out to at Shepherd University’s Student Center for games, crafts and other fun. There’s also a kid-friendly, Halloween-themed all-you-can-eat dinner from 4:30 to 8 p.m at Shepherd’s dining hall, priced at $7 or $3 for those ages 3 to 7. For details, call Shepherd’s Residence Life office at 304-876-5172. Boo!Fest wraps up Thursday with trick-or-treating along German Street from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pumpkin craft: Children pay $14 for an hour of Halloween pumpkin decorating and crafting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Commission’s Community Center in Shenandoah Junction. To reserve a spot in any of the activities or to get more info, call the commission at 304-728-3207 or go online to jcprc.org.

Halloween party: The area’s first-ever Artomatic@Jefferson wraps up with a Halloween party Thursday at Rock & Tile at 154 Wolfcraft Way near the intersection of U.S. 340 and Marlow Road in Charles Town. The event, happening from 3 to 9 p.m., is free. For details, go online to artomaticjefferson.com.

Library fun: Charles Town Library holds “Spooky Story Time” from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the library at 200 E. Washington St. For details, call Debbie Stafford at 304-725-2208.

Trick-or-treat: Costumed children can head out to seek candy in Charles Town, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Bolivar, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg and other parts of the Panhandle from 6 to 8 p.m. Halloween night.

“Haunted Charles Town”: Storyteller and spirit expert Ann Fern hosts a special ghost tour on Halloween night. She says it’s so scary, only previous tour visitors may sign up. To get details or reserve a spot, call Fern at 304-724-6741.

Photos by Liz Wilson

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