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Fun frights, family delights: Halloween events set for Friday and Saturday

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Several alternatives to door-to-door trick-or-treating are available in southern Nash County this Halloween.


Bailey has back-to-back evening events planned for Friday and Saturday.

The Bailey Police Department is hosting the Halloween Food Truck Spooktacular from 5-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Bailey.

“This will be fun event — children can dress up in their costumes and do some trick or treating,” said Bailey Police Chief Steve Boraski. 

Several food trucks will be sell food and passing out free candy to children.

A Bailey Fire Department fundrasier is set for Saturday. Dubbed “A Night on the Town,” the event is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. on Halloween.

Area businesses will be on hand to pass out candy. Sparky the Firehouse Dog will make an appearance. The neighboring Methodist church is hosting a trunk-or-treat. A cake walk fundrasier for $10 a person will turn over proceeds to the fire department.


In Spring Hope, the Barnyard has Halloween themed events set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Barnyard is located at 7820 W. Old Spring Hope Road.

Ephesus Baptist Church is hosting its second annual trunk or treat from 6 p.m. to whenever the candy runs out or 8 p.m., whichever comes first.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be a drive-thru with volunteers who hand out candy wearing masks and gloves.

Organizers said last year’s event went great and they don’t want the coronavirus to rob the community of a great blessing.

Kids can wear their costumes, remain in their vehicles and look at the lights and decorations while volunteers hand them candy.

The church is located at 7300 W. Old Spring Hope Road.


Darkside Haunted Estates outside Middlesex is operating with social distancing in mind. The site offers a quarter-mile Haunted Trail, a quarter-mile Haunted Hayride and a total of 16 haunted buildings. Darkside opens at 7 p.m. with last tickets sold at 10 p.m. 

General admission tickets are available at the gate but will be limited and may need be placed on hold for a period of time to ensure compliance with COVID-19 restrictions. 

Darkside Haunted Estates is located at 11959 N.C. 222 near Middlesex.


The Nash County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its first trunk-or-treat drive-thru event from 5-7 p.m. Friday along North Drake Street located adjacent to the large parking lot next to the sheriff’s office. Several patrol vehicles will be parked on North Drake Street with social distance in mind. The first 250 school-aged children will receive a personalized cinch sack with a few school items. 

All participants will receive Halloween treats while supplies last.