Main Street: Greeneville will be sponsoring "Halloween Happenings" on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. in downtown Greeneville.
All events are free, and the public is invited.
Main Street will be blocked off from Church Street to Summer Street, and Depot Street will be closed from Irish to Academy Street shortly before the event and remain blocked until the event ends.
Please use caution when traveling within the downtown area, a Main Street: Greeneville news release said.
Merchants, professional offices, banks, churches and the county courthouse will be displaying "Halloween Happenings" posters, which mean that those offices are prepared to treat youngsters with candy if children are under 13 years old and are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
HARVEST'S BOUNTY APPLE & PUMPKIN PIE CONTEST
New this year is "Harvest's Bounty Apple & Pumpkin Pie Contest," sponsored by The Greeneville Sun.
The event is open to anyone 18 and older.
All an individual has to do is show up at The Greeneville Sun office, at 121 W. Summer St., with their pie and their recipe by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.
The judging will take place, and winners will be announced by noon.
Each pie will be judged on appearance, taste, and simplicity of recipe.
The winners will receive $50 gift cards from Food City, $25 gift certificates from Richland Creek Gifts, and Niswonger Performing Arts Center tickets to the Debbie Boone Christmas Show.
The Newcomer Club of Greeneville will hold the only Children's Costume Contest this year.
The contest will be at the County Courthouse beginning at 4 p.m. with the winners announced at 6 p.m.
The contest will have age categories of 0-3 years, 4-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years.
Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each age category.
Adults will be asked to provide a cellphone number in order to be contacted should your child be a winner and need to report back to receive their prize.
Spooky Stories will be told at the Old Gaol (Jail) behind Greene County Courthouse.
The Youth Builders organization will decorate and host storytelling inside the Old Gaol.
Or, listen to the sounds of the night as piano students of Deanne Gray play on the steps of the courthouse prior to the costume contest.
The Greeneville Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation employees are volunteering their time to offer hayrides on Depot Street.
Children can climb aboard the wagons at the corner of Irish and Depot Street and ride up Depot Street to the parking lot of the Greene County Partnership and back.
'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'
Costumed cast members of Tusculum College's Arts Outreach production of "A Christmas Carol" will hand out candy in the street at the corner of Depot and Main.
PLENTY OF CANDY
Employees of downtown banks will be handing out candy at their downtown locations.
Other merchants and professionals known to be participating this year include: General Morgan Inn; Laughlin, Nunnally, Hood & Crum, PC, attorneys; Adams and Plucker, CPA; Greene County Farmer's Mutual Fire Insurance Company; Leonard and Kershaw; Freedom Fellowship Greeneville; Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church; Pinecrest Cleaners; The Greeneville Sun; William H. Bell, Attorney at Law; Greeneville Dental Associates; Food City # 606; Food City # 608; Pizza Inn; Mortgage Investor's Group; Richland Creek Gifts; Benchmarks Physical Therapy; Winter & Company Dance Studio; Azimuth Engineering; TEVET; Newcomer Club; Greene County Sheriff's Department; Youth Builders; American Red Cross; Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services; Greeneville Fire Department; Arts Council; Towne Crossing 8; Carmike Cinema; and Towne Square Shopping Center.
STREET-SIZE CHALK BOARD
A section of the 100 block of North Street will once again be blocked off for a giant chalkboard where everyone is invited to take a few minutes and show their creative side by drawing on the street.
FROM TOWNE SQUARE TO LAUGHLIN SQUARE
Train rides in the parking lot near Roberts Furniture along with merchants handing out candy are only a few of the activities happening at Towne Square Shopping Center.
Asbury United Methodist Church will host a trunk and trick in the parking lot of the Enrichment Center.
Grace's Auction at the Capitol Theater will have storytelling.
Walters State Community College's Service Learner's Program hosts a Haunted Hospital. Enter off Main Street into the building which was the former Laughlin Hospital.
The Haunted Hospital will be admitting patients from 4 to 7 p.m. so come in and check out the sights and sounds of medicine.
A fee of $3 for adults and $2 for kids will get you immediately admitted to the Haunted Hospital.
A number of groups and individuals come together to make this annual event exciting and fun for children, a spokesman for Main Street: Greeneville said.
The Greeneville Police Department assists with extra personnel during Halloween Happenings to help ensure the safety of both children and adults.
The Greene County Courthouse provides the space for the costume contest.
EMS and the Greeneville Fire Department are present to help keep everyone safe.
Students from Tusculum College and Walters State Community College help to direct people to all the different venues.