Head to Philipsburg for Halloween fun, fright

For the CDTOctober 25, 2013 

— The haunt is on in Philipsburg on Saturday for Harvest Fest and other Halloween activities.

At 11 a.m., the Finberg Building parking lot on Front Street will be filled with vendors and seasonal activities.

“We have more than ever,” said Main Street Manager Dana Shoemaker.

In addition to local Boy Scouts building scarecrows, there will be other artisans and craftspeople, plus several food vendors. Kozee’s Monkey Bread will be joined by Kent’s Kettle Corn and Everything Turkey.

At 11:30 a.m., lineup will begin for the costume parade, which steps off at noon with a little help from local firetrucks. Kids will gather in front of the Philipsburg Towers, where they will also be able to pick up trick-or-treat bags for candy collecting from local businesses after the parade. Hrenko Insurances has provided 500 treat bags that will be available on a first come, first served basis, said Shoemaker. A list of participating businesses will be included in the bags.

But the Main Street official events are only half the fun. Other organizations are coordinating their activities to make Saturday a day-long Halloween hoot in Philipsburg.

From noon to 2 p.m., the First Baptist Church will be holding its Halloween carnival. The annual AMVETS haunted costume party, for kids only) will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Moshannon Valley Branch of the Centre County YMCA will also host a Halloween party from 3-6 p.m.

But if you want your festivities a little more on the frightful side, that’s when you want to head toward Cold Stream.

Murarik Motorsports has been offering a free haunted house for the past few years, accepting donations and giving them to a local charity. This year’s events will run Friday from 8-11 p.m. and Saturday from 7-10 p.m. Funds raised are being designated for the Rowland Theatre, which has been looking for money to pay off its digital conversion project. The theater was closed for those upgrades this week and is slated for reopening Friday night.

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