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Macon County moves Halloween in the Park to Parker Meadows; Bidwell residents prepare for Halloween night 

After not being able to host trick or treating in the park last year due to COVID19, Macon County Parks and Recreation Director Seth Adams said this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever AND will be held in a new location. 

“The traffic and construction on the Georgia Road would make hosting the event at the recreation park difficult,” said Adams. “It has always been our intention to move Halloween in the Park to Parker Meadows and this year we are finally able to make that happen.” 

According to Adams, this year’s Halloween in the Park will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 28 at Parker Meadows Recreation Complex. The main entrance to the park will be closed and vendors will be set up around the walking trail of Parker Meadows. The main parking lot by the playground will be open to the public and to begin the trick or treating trail. 

So far, there are around 20 vendors who have signed on to participate, but with the new location, Adams said the space can hold double that. Adams also noted that Biltmore Baptist Church will be sponsoring the inflatables and fun zone, which will be set up in the soccer field — located between the picnic pavilion and the batting cages. 

Any business or organization interested in participating, contact Cody Brooks at 828.349.2090. 

Residents on Bidwell Street in Franklin are also gearing up for the annual trick or treating event, which is always held on October 31. This year’s event will be held on Sunday October 31 and after a vote by the Franklin Town Council, will include closing Bidwell Street to traffic for extra safety. Bidwell Street has become known across Western North Carolina as the “go-to” street for door-to-door trick or treating, with dozens of homes along the street decked from top to bottom for Halloween. Thousands of trick or treaters and their families participate each year — so much so that candy donations can be made beginning now until Halloween to help homeowners provide treats to everyone who attends. 

The Town of Franklin sponsored Fall event — PumpkinFest — is scheduled for October 23rd and will feature vendors, crafters, and the world-famous Pumpkin Roll. There is also a special appearance from Batman and the Bat Mobile planned this year. 

The Streets of Franklin Heritage Association will be hosting “Monster Mash on Main” on Saturday, October 30 with trick or treating beginning at 3 p.m. The event starts at 3 p.m. with the annual Teal Pumpkin Trick or Treating, which is a special opportunity for families with food allergies or other reasons to not have candy have the opportunity to still enjoy the festivities. Full trick or treating begins at 4 p.m. and will take place at participating merchants. 

All Hallows Eve— Halloween in Highlands is scheduled for October 31 beginning at 6 p.m. and will run until 8 p.m. along Main Street in Highlands. The event, sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, will feature trick or treating along Main Street and South 4th Street, music, and dancing! 

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