October 23, 2013 | 08:25 AM
As October comes to a close, ghouls, goblins, children and adults alike are ready to get their sugar rush on.
Festivities begin with the annual Halloween parade in Corydon, which started in 1934 and may be the longest consecutive-running Halloween parade in the country (Rutland, Vt., claims to have the record, having started in 1960). The parade here starts Saturday at 6 p.m. from the Harrison County Fairgrounds and heads north on Capitol Avenue to Walnut Street, where it heads west before returning to the fairgrounds or disbanding at Water Street.
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Anyone wanting to have their float judged should be at the fairgrounds by 5 p.m. Also, a costume contest for various ages will be at 4 p.m. on the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand.
The Harrison County Prosecutor's Office, the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept. and the Harrison County Parks Dept. are hosting an alternative for trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
Halloween at Hayswood Park will be from 6 to 8 p.m. The joint community initiative hopes to promote a safe, family-friendly environment for children to enjoy.
Several towns have announced their trick-or-treat dates and times: Crandall, Lanesville, Corydon, Palmyra, Elizabeth and Milltown will trick-or-treat on Halloween night, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.; New Middletown's Trunk or Treat will be the night before at New Middletown United Methodist Church, beginning at 6:30.
Also, the Milltown Festival Committee will host a scarecrow contest Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the "Great Lawn" next to the town hall. On Halloween night, following trick-or-treat, the committee will host a zombie walk from 8:30 to 9 p.m. in downtown Milltown; someone on-site will assist with makeup at no charge for anyone participating.