The City of Greenville is going trick-or-treating one day early, with the 10th annual Halloween on the Square scheduled downtown this evening.

Many, but not all, of the surrounding area’s Halloween activities are taking place in various locations today, although some are happening on Saturday night.

In other words, a decision as to when to go candy hunting or to visit a haunted house will be left entirely up to the individual ghost, vampire or super hero.

The Halloween on the Square is scheduled at the Hunt County Courthouse square downtown between 4 and 6 p.m. today. The streets bordering the courthouse will be closed and downtown merchants will be opening their doors for candy hunters.

“Bad Moon Rising”, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, will be providing the live musical entertainment, and the evening will also feature costume contests, games and more. Halloween on the Square is sponsored by the City of Greenville, Hunt County, DrugFree Greenville and downtown merchants.

City of Greenville Main Street Manager Doyle Dick said the event will take place, rain or shine. As of Thursday evening, the forecast was calling for a chance of showers, with a high during the afternoon in the upper 50s.

Admission is free and parking can be found throughout the downtown area. Those wanting more information can contact the Main Street Office at 903-457-3138 or by email at ddick@ci.greenville.tx.us, or can visit the City of Greenville website at www.ci.greenville.tx.us.

— Crossroads Mall, 6834 Wesley Street in Greenville, is hosting trick-or-treating starting at 6 p.m. today and lasting until the candy runs out. A costume contest, with four age groups, will take the stage at 7 p.m.

— The Commerce Halloween Committee is also hosting trick-or-treating between 5:30 and 7 p.m. today on the square in downtown Commerce. This year’s route begins on the north side of Washington until reaching Main Street. From Main, kids will travel down the north sidewalk towards Park. From there they’ll cross Main and come back up the south sidewalk of Main until they reach the square, and then, travel to City Hall and west along the Alamo Street sidewalk.

— The Farmersville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual Scare on the Square, between 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

There are also a handful of spooky haunted houses and related attractions in the area.

— The Greenville High School Theater Department’s production of “Literally Terrifying” opened Thursday at the Paul Mathews Auditorium, with shows set for Saturday. Instead of only the stage being used, the theatre department is making a “walk-through” show which simulates a haunted house environment. Selected scenes will be showcased throughout from plays, and the show will mix media and live performances, including music videos. “Literally Terrifying” plays on the fact that scenes are from great works of literature. Integrated are selected scenes from Euripides's Medea, Shakespeare's MacBeth and Romeo and Juliet, Edward Albee’s Zoo Story, Eric Bogosian’s subUrbia, selected Shell Silverstein poems and and Gwendolyn Brooks's Poem, The Mother. The audience will be admitted between 7 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday and will walk through in small groups. Tickets are $5.

— The “Haunt House” is open at 4935 Interstate 30 West in Caddo Mills. The “Haunt House” is described as a walk-through attraction “filled with terrifying live actors, Hollywood style sets and incredible monsters.” More information can be found at www.thehaunthouse.com.

— The North East Collin County 4H Club is having a haunted house fundraiser starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, in the blue metal building across from the Sonic on U.S. Highway 380 in Farmersville.

— The Ladonia Fire Department is hosting its Fourth Annual Haunted Forest, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The trip starts at the fire station and includes a trip on a trailer into the woods.

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