Halloween Happenings

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Your guide to the weekend's spooky activities, haunted houses and trick-or-treating.




There's a candy crisis — sweet treats are needed for the Galax Downtown Association's 6th Annual Halloween Monster Bash, to be held downtown on Saturday from 5-8 p.m.

Each year, the Halloween Monster Bash treats 3,000 to 4,000 children to a night of trick-or-treating and spooky activities. 

The GDA, sponsor of the event, requests that donors bring two bags of candy or a $5 donation to help the association buy the sweet treats and to ensure everyone's involvement in the event.

Candy donations have declined for the past couple of years, and candy donations are needed to ensure that the event is fun for all. 

Individuals, businesses, churches and organizations are invited to come downtown to pass out candy. 

For a minimum donation of $5 or two bags of candy, citizens will receive a sign to put in their front yard for Halloween night letting trick-or-treaters know that they gave their candy to the Monster Bash. 

Also, the costume contest will be held at the Grayson stage area at 7 p.m. Categories for the contest are: up to 4 years old, ages 5-9, and ages 10-13. Prizes will be given in each category.

Visit “Bone-A-Part's Mansion,” the haunted house at Rooftop of Virginia on North Main, which brings nightmares to life from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $4, with all proceeds to be used to purchase Christmas meals for those in need.

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts will hold a ghost story telling event with Vicky Town-Portosf in the main lobby from 5-5:30 p.m., 6-6:30 p.m., 7-7:30 p.m. and 8:30-9 p.m. Stories will get progressively scarier throughout the night. Suggested donation is $5.

To offer support or funding, candy or volunteer time, or to set up a game/candy drop, contact the GDA by e-mail at director@galaxdowntown.com or by phone at 236-0668. You may pick up your sign and make your donation at: A Place in Time Antiques at 100 S. Main St. in downtown Galax; Tuck Chiropractic Clinic, 403 N. Main St.; Chapters Book Shop, 101 E. Grayson St.; Edward Jones, 120 W. Grayson St.; and Chestnut Creek Coffee House, 104 N. Main St.



The town will hold its 14th annual Safe Halloween activities on Saturday from 5-8 p.m. in Historic Downtown Hillsville.

Again, this year there will be games, activities, hay rides, a costume contest, haunted house and trick-or-treating for all the youth. 

Safe Halloween has grown to be one of the area's best-attended and most-anticipated events. Volunteers are needed and donations to help with the cost are appreciated.

For information, or to volunteer or make a donation, contact Town Manager Larry South or Judy Bolt at Hillsville Town Hall at 728-2128 or hillsville@embarqmail.com.


The traditional haunted house at the Carter Home in Hillsville will be open Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.

Admission for those age 12 and older is $5, for those ages 5 through 11, $2; and free for those younger than 5.

Those under 7 years old must be accompanied by an adult.



A Safe Halloween celebration in downtown Independence will be held 4-7 p.m. on Friday.

Children’s games and treats will be provided.  Halloween costumes are encouraged.

The event will be held from Main Street Tire and Auto to the Grayson County School Board office. Hilltop Drive also will be closed during this time.

For more information, call the Independence Town Office at (276) 773-3703.



The Fries Recreation Center will hold a Haunted House on Friday and Saturday from 7-11 p.m. in the theater. Admission is $3. 

Also, the Town of Fries is observing Halloween on Saturday for trick-or-treaters.