By Carla Lucas, Correspondent
Quick there’s only two weekends left to enjoy all the hauntingly fun Halloween happenings this year. With Halloween Parades, Trick or Treating, or an afternoon or evening at one of the area’s special events, there’s plenty of ways to be celebrate from mildly frightful to down-right scary to plain old not-scary-at-all family fun.
Kennett Square Borough
Kennett Square’s 7th Annual Halloween Parade is Wednesday, October 27, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. from the corner of Cypress and Mill roads. The parade heads the wrong way up State Street and disbands on Broad Street. After the parade children are invited to Trick or Treat at Borough businesses.
Registration by October 26 is required to march in the parade. Forms can be downloaded from the Historic Kennett Square website: www.historickennettsquare.com, click on the Halloween Parade link. Prizes are awarded in all categories. The parade is organized by Kennett Square’s resident witch, Gwendolina, and sponsored by Historic Kennett Square.
The annual Oxford Halloween Parade is Thursday, October 28, kicking off at 7 p.m. from South and Third Streets. It continues north through the Borough on Third Street and ends just passed the Oxford Cemetery. The reviewing stand is located where Market Street intersects Third Street.
Floats and marching groups should register in advance by contacting Jim McLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 610-932-4714. Individual marchers will register parade night after 6pm at the registration table located on South Street adjacent to Oxford Sunoco. Participants should line-up on South Street between Fourth and Third streets. Prizes are awarded in many categories.
The Oxford Halloween Parade is organized by Jim McLeod and sponsored by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce.
Trick or Treat
Trick or Treating in the various boroughs and townships in southern Chester County varies from place to place. Some municipalities set a specific date and time, while others leave the decision to individuals. The following information was confirmed with the individual municipalities:
- Kennett Square Borough: Saturday, October 30, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Kennett Township: Sunday, October 30, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Avondale Borough: Sunday, October 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Oxford Borough: Sunday, October 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
- West Grove Borough: Sunday, October 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
- East Nottingham Township: Sunday, October 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
- New London Township: always on October 31, no set hours
- New Garden Township: Sunday, October 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
- London Grove Township: Sunday, October 31, starting at 6 p.m.
- Franklin Township, Sunday, October 31, dusk until 8-8:30 p.m.
- East Marlborough Township: Sunday, October 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Lower Oxford, Sunday, Sunday, October 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Penn Township: Sunday, Sunday, October 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Upper Oxford Borough, Sunday, October 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
The Great Pumpkin Carve 2010
Thursday evening, October 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. local artists will carve 150-400 lb. pumpkins on the grounds of the Chadds Ford Historical Society (1736 North Creek Road). On Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23 the pumpkins will be scattered throughout the grounds for guests to enjoy. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 7 to 17, and free for children under age 7. Hay rides are available for $1. Family fun, good food, and live music are all part of the event. Wear good walking shoes and bring a flashlight. More information is available online at www.chaddsfordhistory.org. The event is a fundraiser for the Chadds Ford Historical Society.
Clark’s Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins
Start your adventure with a free hayride to the Pumpkin Patch where you can search for the perfect pumpkin to carve or decorate. There are plenty of other activities including a five-acre corn maze, a straw maze (for children under 7), a pumpkin slingshot, and a house barn display. Clarks is open weekends from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through October 31. Clarks is located at 235 Pusey Mill Road, Cochranville, Pa. More information is available at www.clarkschristmastrees.com or by calling 610-345-9048.
The A-Maize-ing Wine and Harvest Adventure
Schmidt’s Christmas Tree Farm and Paradocx Vineyard teamed up again for fall with the “A-Maize-ing Wine & Harvest Adventure. Schmidt’s Christmas Tree Farm does the five-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pedal cars, giant slingshot, pumpkin bowling and kiddie wagon train. Paradocx Vineyard offers wine tastings and free hayrides through their vineyard.
Open Saturdays and Sundays through October 31, the event is located at Paradocx Vineyard (1833 Flint Hill Road in Landenberg, Pa). More information is available at www.paradocx.com.
Marlborough Valley Corn Maze and Terror Hollow
Daytime at Marlborough Valley’s Corn Maze it’s all about the 7-acre corn maze, the hay ride to the pumpkin patch, the goat walk, and more. Once night falls the same location is transformed into Terror Hollow with a haunted hayride, the haunted woods, the 3-D Barn and the Flashlight Maze. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 31 (closed Halloween evening). Marlborough Valley is located on Route 842 (1081 Unionville Wawaset Road, Kennett Square). For more information call 484-886-6080 or go online at: www.terrorhollow.net.
Lytle’s Pumpkin Patch
Jump in the hay wagon for a trip to the Pumpkin Patch at Lytle’s farm, located on Church Road (off Route 896 south of New London Village). Open afternoons and weekends through October 31.