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Get your treat on: Halloween events

Published: Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 12:43 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2011 2:50 p.m. CDT

It’s time for all the ghostly ghouls and wicked witches to take to the streets for Newton neighborhoods’ annual Beggar’s Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. To add to the haunting activities, Skiff Medical Center will host a trick-or-treat from 5 to 8 p.m. on the same night. Local nursing homes and senior communities will pass out candy from 6 to 7 p.m. including Newton Village, Park Centre, Newton Health Care and Heritage Manor. These events are sponsored by Pence-Reese Funeral Home.

If a good fright is in your Halloween itinerary, Newton Health Care will host a haunted house Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., and the Arts Connection presents a Spirits walk tonight from 7 to 9 p.m., cost $10, and Blazing Pumpkins Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m., costs $5 adults and $2 children (see left).

Continue to prowl for tasty treats with downtown businesses’ trick-or-treat around the Courthouse Square, hosted by the Newton Chamber of Commerce, Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Last but not least, Jasper County Conservation will host the annual Halloween Hike beginning at 6 p.m. tonight at Mariposa Park. Local boy scouts will dress up as various animals. The event tends to be more educational than scary — unless you have an unnatural fear of badgers, bears or wolves.