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By Jen Horton
posted Oct 22, 2010 - 11:27:42am
With massive events in just about every city in West Volusia on Oct. 30, and with Oct. 31 falling on a school night, parents have called The Beacon to ask whether West Volusia has an "official" trick-or-treating date.
We called all of the cities in West Volusia, and asked (yes, we asked this): What day is Halloween in your town?
Below are responses from around West Volusia.
DeLand — The city has deemed Saturday, Oct. 30, the official holiday, to coincide with the massive Monsters on MainStreet event in Downtown DeLand.
Orange City — The city is having its annual Halloween event Oct. 30, and has no recommendations about trick-or-treating.
Volusia County — The County of Volusia has no recommendations for when parents should take their little ones trick-or-treating.
Pierson — Pierson has no recommendations, but officials noted trick-or-treating has always taken place on Oct. 31.
Lake Helen — The City of Lake Helen did not respond with a recommendation.
Deltona — The city has a two-day event planned Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29 and 30. The city did not have a trick-or-treating recommendation.
When to go trick-or-treating house to house, or whether to do that at all, is up to parents.
Aside from that, there's plenty to do both days — and in the days leading up to Halloween — all through West Volusia.
West Minnesota Avenue will celebrate Oct. 31
Wayne Johns is a resident of West Minnesota Avenue, a street in the historic residential section of Northwest DeLand.
A street that does Halloween, big-time.
"We really go all out," Johns said.
Neighbors decorate their homes and pass out candy, and some serve food and drinks.
"It's like a giant block party," Johns said. "We really have a good time."
He estimates more than 2,000 children join the party each year, many of them driven to the neighborhood by parents.
With neighbors rolling out the red carpet for community children, the candy costs are pretty stunning.
Johns said he will probably spend $200 to $300 this year on candy he buys from a warehouse store that sells in bulk.
Because there was a little confusion about the actual celebration date of Halloween, Johns went door to door among his Minnesota Avenue neighbors, and found the consensus was: "Hey, Halloween is Halloween."
Participating residents of the West Minnesota Avenue community will celebrate Halloween (and be prepared for trick-or-treating) on Sunday evening, Oct. 31.
It's getting scary over here
The calendar is packed with fun, safe activities for all ages — not just munchkins in ghost costumes.
West Volusia residents are invited to enjoy pet costume contests, fall festivals, church anniversaries and, of course, haunted houses.
Boy Scout Troop 590 Haunted House
Dusk-11 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays Oct. 21-23, and Oct. 28-30 on East Kicklighter Road in Lake Helen, across the street from Volusia Pines Elementary School. Admission costs $6, or $5 with a canned-food donation. Proceeds will go toward sending boys to summer camp. Call Joseph Grenon at 386-804-4780.
Chronicles of Horror Haunted House
7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, and 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30, at the Orange City Sorosis Club, 222 E. University Ave. Admission costs $7 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and younger.
The haunted house's theme is a haunted library, where the best scary stories will come to life. Little ones who might find the haunted house too scary can visit a chaperoned "Pumpkin Patch" play zone at no cost.
Frederick's Freaky Fridays
For ages 3-10, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the DeBary Hall Historic Site Stables, 210 Sunrise Blvd. Cost is $3 and includes Halloween crafts, ghost stories and games. Call 386-668-3840.
Oakdale Cemetery Walk
7-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 22-23, the West Volusia Historical Society presents its 11th Oakdale Cemetery Historic Walking Tour: "Military and Other Spirits at Oakdale."
Tickets cost $10; tours leave from the DeLand House at 137 W. Michigan Ave. every 15 minutes. Not recommended for children. Call 386-740-6813 or 386-734-4765.
Halloween Costume Ball for Seniors
6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Deltona Community Center, 980 Lakeshore Drive. Music and sweets; costume contest with prizes. Admission costs $3. Call 386-878-8900.
Haunted Trails at DeLeon Springs State Park
6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at DeLeon Springs State Park, 601 Ponce DeLeon Blvd. Walk the haunted trail, and stop at treat stations along the way. Not too scary; intended for younger children.
Pumpkin-decorating; games; storytelling; refreshments. Children age 12 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. Tickets cost $3 for children age 7 and older; admission is free for children age 6 and younger.
2-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, on the patio at the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center at Stetson University, 139 E. Michigan Ave. in DeLand.
Bands include Jordan Foley, Cutaway, Dtap, Thin Film Magnetism, Leo Dezes, The Main Event, Assisted Living and Run Rhino.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, e-mail Robert Weber email@example.com or call 772-631-8362.
1983 Prom Night of the Living Dead
8-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in Joe Valente's loft on the corner of Woodland Boulevard and Georgia Avenue.
The event is sponsored by the Senior Class of Krewe Nouveau High School, and all proceeds benefit The House Next Door.
Tickets cost $15 per person for nonmembers, or $25 per couple. Costumes are recommended. The event is for adults age 21 and older, and will feature food, beer, signature drinks and dancing.
Buy tickets at Nest on Artisan Alley in Downtown DeLand during Fourth Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 23. Entrance to Artisan Alley directly across New York Avenue from Chess Park and the Volusia County Historic Courthouse.
Halloween Week at Gateway Center for the Arts
From Saturday through Saturday, Oct. 23-30, at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 North U.S. Highway 17-92 in DeBary.
Events during the week include a Pumpkin Patch workshop, concerts, magicians, Dracula's Den and Enchanted Trail, games, other activities, and more.
For a full calendar listing, including ticket prices, visit www.gatewaycenterforthearts.org, or call 386-668-5553.
Halloween Costume Dance for Kids
3:30 p.m. in the DeLand Area Public Library auditorium, 130 E. Howry Ave. For children ages 5-12. Free. Call 386-822-6430.
Trunk or Treat
6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on DeLand, 1401 W. New York Ave. Light supper followed by face-painting and pumpkin-painting; games; a hayride; and trunk or treat. Free. Call 386-734-0677 or 386-734-6078.
DeLand Elks Annual Children's Halloween Party
6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the DeLand Elks Lodge, 150 S. Clara Ave. Games; refreshments; haunted house. Free. Call 386-235-2635.
Ninth annual Halloween Spooktacular
Dusk-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, and 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Dewey O. Boster Sportsplex, 1200 Saxon Blvd. in Deltona.
Sponsored by the City of Deltona, the free Halloween event will feature both the Haunted Trail and the Haunted Pirate Ship.
In addition to the two haunted houses, there will be games, a “Freaky Food” contest for children, and a pie-eating contest. Music will be provided by a disc jockey, and vendors will have food for sale.
Halloween in Cassadaga Haunted Tours
7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Cassadaga Bookstore, 1112 Stevens. St. Cost $10 per person; $5 children under age 12. Mini readings $20. Gallery readings $10. Barbecue and beverages. Call 386-228-2880.
Orange City Halloween Block Party
6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, behind City Hall, 205 E. Graves Ave.
Free children's activities will include bounce houses, games, music, a rock wall, and a bungee jump. Snow cones and popcorn will be available, and local businesses will have tables set up with candy for children.
Dress up your pet and enter it in the first annual pet costume contest.
Sponsors include Petco, EWA, Ace Hardware of Orange City, Triple D Tractor, Bill Coody Custom Pools and Fun Town.
11th annual Trick-or-Treating at West Volusia Regional Shopping Center
6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the West Volusia Regional Shopping Center at the intersection of South Woodland Boulevard and Orange Camp Road in DeLand.
Business owners will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.
Theme photos with Girl Scout Troops 67 and 73 at a pumpkin patch, or at the West Volusia Kennel Club shipwreck, will cost $5. Proceeds will benefit the respective organizations.
Call Danette Olday at 386-740-1637.
Halloween goes green at Gillespie
Stetson University’s Gillespie Museum, 234 E. Michigan Ave. in DeLand, will host a “Mostly Green Halloween” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, with Earth-friendly activities indoors and out.
The fluorescent room will be glowing with minerals and jack-o’-lanterns. In the Native Plant Garden, participants will hunt pumpkins.
Along with the general public and students and their families, Stetson will welcome the Volusia County ECHO Rangers. Students from Co-sign, a student organization that advocates for mental-health issues, and Med-Ex, an organization for students in pre-medicine and pre-health majors, will be assisting with the event.
2-6 p.m Saturday, Oct. 30, at GrandeVille on Saxon, 741 Saxon Blvd. in Orange City.
The event is to raise awareness and money for Pet Rescue by Judy and Sophie's Circle, the only pet-food pantry in Volusia County.
Prizes will be awarded for the best pet costume, and food and drinks will be for sale.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at First United Methodist Church of DeLand, 115 E. Howry Ave. The festival will celebrate the church's 130th anniversary.
The event is free and open to the public, and will include face-painting, bounce houses, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch and live music. Carnival games will cost 50 cents each.
Tickets for food and for carnival games will cost $1 for four. Buy tickets in advance in the church office at $1 for five.
Church-music groups will perform upbeat and inspirational music. Run Rhino, the hit local band from Stetson University, will perform at 2 p.m.
Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 750 Howland Blvd., Deltona. Mechanical bull; games; bounce houses and slides; pony rides; hayride; puppet shows; crafts; live performances. Free. Call 407-321-7510.
Life Fellowship Church of the Nazarene Annual Fall Festival
3-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Live Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 1420 Courtland Blvd. in Deltona.
There will be a barbecue covered-dish dinner, live music, bounce house, make-it-take-it craft area and games. Admission is free.
Trinity Assembly of God Fall Festival
3-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Trinity Assembly of God, 875 Elkcam Blvd. in Deltona.
Activities include hayrides, games, inflatables, costume contest, live music, candy and other food. Admission is free. No scary costumes, please.
Monsters on MainStreet
6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, on Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand.
Merchants will provide candy for trick-or-treaters. There will also be a dance party for children.
Call the MainStreet DeLand Association at 386-738-0649.
6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Deltona Women's Club, 1049 E. Normandy Blvd. Costume competition, with music by Ernie.
Donation: $18 per person. For tickets, call Eldine at 386-860-0122.
The Stockton-Lindquist House 'Mystery of Halloween Night'
Tours 5-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31, at the Stockton-Lindquist House at 244 E. Beresford Ave. in DeLand. Donations are appreciated.
The house is the oldest one DeLand. Orb photography is allowed.
Executive Director Luis Madrigal will give a lecture at 6:30 p.m. each day about the Hispanic tradition of the Day of the Dead.
Susan Cole Keyboard Productions' Special Halloween Film and Music Event
2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave. in DeLand.
Organist Ron Carter will accompany the Lon Chaney film The Phantom of the Opera.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $7 for students on the day of the event. Buy tickets at a discount in advance at Groovy Records, 212 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand.
Visit www.athenstheatre.org., or call 386-736-1500.
Lemonade Lecture: 'The Blair Witch Project'
2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at DeBary Hall Historical Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd. Historian Bill Dreggors will talk about his involvement in the 1999 film The Blair Witch Project.' Lemonade and other refreshments will be served. Free. Call 386-668-3840.
Third annual Trunk or Treat at Faith Lutheran
5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in the Faith Lutheran Church parking lot, 509 E. Pennsylvania Ave. in DeLand. Free candy, hot dogs, fog punch and cookies; safe and fun Halloween activity for the whole family. Call 386-734-2791.
Stetson Baptist Annual Fall Festival
5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at Stetson Baptist Church, 1025 W. Minnesota Ave. in DeLand. No scary costumes, please. Carnival games, and inflatables, all indoors and safe for kids. Admission and rides are free.
Pumpkin Party Family Fun Day
5-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at Plymouth Avenue Christian Church, 110 E. Plymouth Ave., DeLand. Carnival games; giant inflatable toys; candy; face-painting; live music; costume contest. Free. Call 386-734-9144.
St. Barnabas Trunk 'N Treat
6-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in the church parking lot at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 319 W. Wisconsin Ave. in DeLand.
"Trunkers" will decorate their cars and trucks and have candy for "treaters."
Fourth annual Candy BuyBack
4-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at Dr. Mark Mathias' dental office, 646 W. Plymouth Ave. in DeLand.
Dr. Mathias will give a $5 bill in exchange for 2 pounds of candy to the first 100 children ages 2-14. Participants will also be entered in a drawing for an iPod Touch.
Candy from the Candy BuyBack will be donated to troops overseas.
Donations of candy for troops will be accepted (without payment) Nov. 2-17 during office hours, and will be shipped in time for Christmas.
Visit www.delandsmiles.com, or call 386-736-7121.
Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead dinner and art exhibit at De La Vega
7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, at De La Vega Restaurante y Galeria at 128 N. Woodland Blvd. in Downtown DeLand.
Attendees will learn how the Mexican culture celebrates death and remembers loved ones who have passed on. It is a festive holiday filled with art music and food.
Featured artists are Shannon Holt and Ed Sargent; their work will be on display through Nov. 5.
Dinner reservations for the celebration cost $28 per person or $50 per couple.
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