On Centre: Around Philipsburg | Scary season arrives early

If you think the spookiest time of year is still a week away, you don’t know jack-o’-lantern. Why? Because Halloween is starting a little early in Philipsburg.

The witching season gets into full swing starting Saturday when Harvest Fest takes over downtown and ghosts and goblins come out in broad daylight.

It all starts at 10 a.m. That’s when the festivities get underway, with food and fun at Front and Centre Productions’ Jack Weaver Performing Arts Center.

Blaise Alexander Chevrolet Buick, of Philipsburg, will sponsor face painting nearby.

The theater company’s young thespians will present a preview of their upcoming production of “Annie Jr.” at 11:15 a.m.

Front Street will be shut down by noon, when boys and ghouls of all ages will gather to head toward Presqueisle Street and the 12:30 p.m. Halloween party at the AMVETS post.

Participating downtown businesses will open their doors to the costumed cuties after the parade for a jump-start on trick-or-treating.

The Halloween parade isn’t the biggest.

It is kids and costumes, with onlookers lining the streets to get the kind of glimpse of the fun that is hard to get on Oct. 31, especially if you are spending the night trailing your kids from house to house while they collect far too many Tootsie Rolls.

Harvest Fest is simple and sweet, the kind of old-fashioned celebration that is a great start to a whole season of holidays.

Bring out your monsters. There is more than enough boo to go around.