As Halloween approaches, expect to see superheroes, clowns, princesses, and other familiar characters as kids and adults dress up in their favorite costumes to celebrate the holidays.
And there are plenty of fall festivals and other Halloween activities in and around Longview to keep even the smallest ghost or goblin entertained.
Monique Williams, who earlier this year opened The Exchange Locale & Marketplace in downtown Longview, is hosting a Halloween Fall Fest from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 31.
“This spooky celebration came to my mind earlier in the year,” she said. “It was possible to organize this special celebration in a safe way… but it is only with the support of my friends and fellow business owners that we will be successful. “
Williams said other companies have offered to help with the event, which includes free food, indoor treats, a haunted room for kids, photo ops and a children’s costume contest.
“Every day a team of people call or show up to see how they can participate,” she said. “I love it.”
“The free indoor treat will be a lot of fun as the kids navigate their way through our 2,000 square foot atrium. Over 30 business buddies will be in full costumes to entertain our kids while providing goodies, ”said Williams. “And the kids will be able to get their Halloween photos set against our holiday backdrop.”
The Longview Fire Department will also be on hand with lights and candy, Williams said.
“A safe and controlled environment on this particular holiday is very appealing,” she said. “I hope people come out to take advantage of it. I am so excited about this community event.
Halloween activities in the Longview area
Haunted Mansion of Graystone, 13481 FM 968 W., Longview. 7 pm to midnight Oct 22-23 and 29-31 and Nov 5 and 6 Tickets: $ 25 general admission, $ 35 VIP. Information: www.graystonehaunt.com.
House of Horrors Doc Wilkes, 1228 Market Street, Longview. 7:30 p.m. to midnight Oct 22-23 and 29-31 and Nov 5-6 Tickets: $ 20 general admission, $ 25 VIP. Information: http://www.docwilkeshaunt.com/.
The historical haunts and legends of Longview, October 23, downtown Longview. Haunted Walking Tours, 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. Tickets: $ 20, available at eventbrite.com. Tours depart from the Gregg County Historical Museum; Pumpkin Glow, 5 p.m. Admission: free. Information: gregghistorical.org/pumpkinglo; Movie night: “Hocus Pocus”, 7:30 pm, VeraBank, 200 N. Fredonia St.; Costume competition for children and adults, 7 p.m., VeraBank. Information: http://gregghistorical.org/.
Halloween Fright Fest concert under the stars, starring Kelli Grant, the “Queen of Swing,” at 8 p.m. on October 23 and 30, Kokomo Theater, 2400 W. Marshall Ave., Longview. A free film follows the concert: “The Crystal Ball”, with Paulette Goddard and Ray Milland, on October 23; “The Nutty Professor”, with Jerry Lewis, October 30. Doors open at 7:30 pm Tickets: $ 10, sold online at eventbrite.com. Information: (903) 918 2132, www.kokomotheatre.com.
Oakwood Spirits, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 23. Guided walking tours of Tyler’s historic Oakwood Cemetery (corner of Palace and Oakwood). Participants will “meet” eight “spirits” dressed in period clothing and talk about people of interest buried there. Cost: $ 10 adult; free for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. The profits will be used to repair the aging monuments in the cemetery.
KilGORE Horror Film Festival, October 25-30, Dodson Auditorium, Kilgore College campus. A film will be screened at 7:30 p.m. each day of the festival with a matinee at noon on October 30. Admission: $ 20 for a one-week pass, $ 4 for a single cinema pass; $ 10 for a week pass for Kilgore College students, $ 2 for a single movie pass. Social distancing and masks are encouraged. Information: Dodson Auditorium Facebook page.
Fall festival, 6 to 8 p.m. October 26, Kilgore High School Gymnasium, 711 N. Longview St., Kilgore. Features photo booth, pumpkin egg race, face painting, cookie walk, bowling alley with mummies, candy peach, witch pitch, haunted hallway, special effects face painting, diving in the corn. No cost.
Trunk or Treat & Costume Contest, benefiting the Longview Dream Center, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. October 29, Longview Exhibit Center, 1123 Jaycee Drive, Longview. Hosted by ADB & Sparklight, the event will feature candy, games, food and prizes. Admission fee. Information: (903) 653-1740.
Historic Downtown Kilgore Trick-or-Treat, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on October 30. Includes candy distributed by community organizations and downtown merchants along East Main and Rusk streets, photo ops and costumes. Information: https://www.kilgoremainstreet.com/downtown-trick-or-treat.
Autumn Festival, hosted by Pine Tree ISD, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30, Pirate Stadium, 3737 W. Loop 281, Longview. With costume parade, free hot dogs, talent competition, games. Tickets: Available at each campus in packs of 20 for $ 5 or 25 cents individually at the festival. Tickets can be purchased at each campus in sets of 20 for $ 5.
Trick or Treat on College Street, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on October 31. Annual fall festival on the LeTourneau University campus in Longview, offering a drive-thru experience with sweets and treats.
Halloween Fall Party, 5 to 9 p.m. October 31, The Exchange, 314 E. Tyler St., Longview. Includes free food, indoor trick or treat, haunted hall, kids costume contest. Information: (903) 309-3606.
Candy race, 5 p.m. October 31, Longview Mall. Provides families with a fun and interactive place where kids can show off their costumes and make treats.
Halloween in the square, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on October 31, downtown Carthage. Trick or-treat around the square, with sweets and surprises.