Downtown trick-or-treating, a costume parade, a family party and a masquerade ball are among the spooky, safe and fun activities being planned locally for little ghouls and goblins and their parents this Halloween.

Seymour Main Street is sponsoring its ninth annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday. The event allows children and their parents to trick-or-treat for candy, trinkets, coupons and gift certificates at nearly 50 participating downtown businesses and vendors.

There will be pictures, balloons, music from 96.3 WJAA’s Ghoul Bus and treats at One Chamber Square.

The event is one of Main Street’s best-attended activities with more than 1,000 people expected to show up if the weather is nice, organizers said.

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Immediately following trick-or-treating, the Seymour Evening Lions Club’s annual Halloween Costume Parade and contest will take place. This marks the 49th year for the parade.

Participants will line up near the Seymour post office at 6 p.m. at Fourth and Chestnut streets and be led by the Seymour High School Marching Owls. It will end in the parking lot of the American Legion annex on West Second Street, where the costume contest will begin.

Judging of costumes will be by age and categories, including best pet costume, best group of three and best high school band member. Prizes will be awarded to winners, and treats will be passed out to all participants.

Also this year, Actors Community Theater of Seymour is conducting its first Halloween Costume Party fundraiser from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 31 at Celebrations in Seymour. There will be trick-or-treating before the party from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple.

The event will include dancing, a costume contest, a photo booth, games and snacks. Soft drinks and other beverages will be available to purchase at the bar.

And for adults only, Jackson County United Way is having its second annual Masquerade Ball from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 30 at Pewter Hall in Brownstown. There will be a dinner, music and dancing with performances by Elements of Jazz and the red blanket band.

Attendees should come in costume or at least a mask, organizers said. Masks will be available at the door.

A king and queen will be crowned. Nominations are being accepted through private messaging Jackson County United Way on Facebook. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple if purchased in advance or $30 and $50 at the door. Reserved tables for eight are available for $350. Tickets may be purchased at the United Way office, 113 N. Chestnut St. in Seymour, or by emailing bonita@jacsy.org.

Unlocking the Spectrum, a local resource for children with autism and their families, will be sponsoring a free, Halloween Party open to the public.

Family activities will include pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, snacks and more.

The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Unlocking the Spectrum Center at 322 Dupont Drive, Suite C, in Seymour.

Unlocking the Spectrum provides behavior therapy, consultation services, family and therapist training, program management and specialized services involving autism.

If you go

Community trick-or-treating hours

Seymour: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31

Brownstown: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31

Crothersville: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31

Medora: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31

Seymour Main Street’s ninth annual Downtown Trick or Treat

Where: Downtown Seymour

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday

Seymour Evening Lions Club Parade and costume contest

Where: Starts at post office, goes through downtown Seymour and ends in the parking lot of the American Legion annex

When: Parade starts at 6 p.m. Monday; costume contest begins after parade

Actors Community Theater of Seymour Halloween Costume Party

Where: Celebrations, 357 Tanger Blvd., Suite 101, Seymour

When: 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 31

Cost: $10 per person or $15 per couple

Information: Call 812-498-2127 or check Facebook

Jackson County United Way second annual Masquerade Ball

Where: Pewter Hall, 850 W. Sweet St., Brownstown

When: 5:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 30

Cost: $25 per person or $40 per couple if purchased in advance; $30 per person or $50 per couple at the door

Information: Call 812-522-5450 or email bonita@jacsy.org

What: Unlocking the Spectrum’s Halloween Party

Where: 322 Dupont Drive, Suite C in Seymour

When: Oct. 29, 4 to 7 p.m.

For information: contact Michelle Hickman at 812-569-4884 or by email at michelles@unlockingthespectrum.com

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.