Whether venturing out in the deep, dark night, or keeping 2020 Halloween celebrations festive at home, there is no shortage of socially distanced, fantastical fun in Citrus County this October.
A multitude of Halloween and harvest events fill the weeks leading up to the scariest night of the year, Saturday, Oct. 31. Grab a costume and gear up for a good time — stay safe and don’t let the COVID-19 pandemic dull your shine.
• First Baptist Church of Crystal River will host a drive-thru Trunk or Treat event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the church at 700 N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River. Wear a costume and be prepared for some free fall family fun. For information, call 352-795-3367 or visit www.firstbaptistcr.com.
• Kids are invited to the Homosassa Civic Club’s outdoor Halloween Party from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at 5530 S. Mason Creek Road, Homosassa. The event will feature crafts and a trunk or treat from 4 to 5:30 p.m., costume contest from 5:30 to 6 and a movie from 6 to 8. Parents are welcome to stay and pass out candy; locals will also be passing out candy from golf carts. Volunteers will wear masks, and candy will be passed out with a grabber claw or gloves. For more information, contact Jessica MacRae at 352-860-3114 or email [email protected].
• Join the Halloween fun and celebrate “Trunk or Treat” at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church back field from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at 7525 S. U.S. 41 in Dunnellon. Willing adults are needed to decorate their cars using a Halloween theme and pass out candy to trunk-or-treaters. Prizes will be awarded for the scariest, the prettiest and the most imaginative car decorations. Individually wrapped candy donations will be accepted. Social distancing will be observed; please park your car 6 feet apart. For information, call Clara Myers at 352-489-3166.
• There will be a Christian Trunk or Treat for children from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, 206 Washington Ave., Inverness. The event will follow CDC guidelines. Cars will drive by each of the decorated trunks so youngsters can enjoy each design. A church member, with mask in place, will hand out bags of candy to those inside the car. There will be no other activity. For information, contact Sandra Koonce at [email protected] or 352-634-4216.
• The Citrus Memorial Health foundation YMCA will host a Trunk or Treat from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the YMCA, 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto. Trunk participants are needed for the event. Families will have to register for a time slot to participate. For information or to register, call Debbie or Ashlei at 352-500-9622.
• Fit Full Force Fitness Studio will host a free walk-through haunted house for the community from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. There will also be a Trunk or Treat from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in the back lot. Volunteers are needed. For information, visit https://tinyurl.com/yyn2lssy.
• All are invited to a Trunk or Treat beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Riviera Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 1935 SE U.S. 19, Crystal River. Bring the whole family for Halloween fun. Games and crafts for kids will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a costume contest at 6. Bring your own treat bucket. Live music will begin at 6. An adult Halloween contest will begin at 11 p.m. with a dance party until 2 a.m. For information, call 352-564-9636.
• On Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., families can celebrate the fall season, enjoy decorations and, of course, candy at the Drive-thru Festival at North Oak Church in Citrus Springs. Entering at North Citrus Springs Boulevard, decorated cars will be stationed around the driveway. Volunteers will hand out greetings and candy for each car. Participants will be able to vote for their favorite car and be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card basket as they exit on to North Elkcam Boulevard. All volunteers are following CDC health guidelines and families are asked to remain in their cars throughout the event. The community is invited to come and enjoy. North Oak is at the intersection of North Citrus Springs Boulevard and North Elkcam Boulevard. Visit the website at www.northoakbc.org for information.
• First Baptist Church of Homosassa will host a drive-thru Trunk or Treat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the church at 10540 W. Yulee Drive, Homosassa. The event will follow CDC guidelines. Wear costumes and enjoy. For information, call 352-628-3858.
— Calvary Church’s Harvest Night will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the church at 2728 E. Harley Ave., Inverness. The family-friendly event will feature inflatables, carnival games, food, candy prizes, an interactive hayride and more. Free admission. Food and snacks will be sold. For information, call 352-637-5100.
• First Baptist Church of Inverness will host a Fall Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the church at 550 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness. The free event will feature hayrides, games, a dunk tank and mechanical bull, punkin’ chunkin’, music, a cake walk, candy, barbecue and other foods and more. For information, call 352-726-1252.
• Living Waters United Pentecostal Church will host a Fall Festival from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1201 S. Bea Ave., Inverness. The festival will feature a trunk-or-treat, bounce house, free food, cake walk and family-friendly fun. For information, call 352-400-2323.
• The Greener Side Ranch will host its second annual Spooky Fall Challenge Fundraiser beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Greener Side Ranch, 6775 W. Antelope Lane, Beverly Hills. All net proceeds from this event will go to The Greener Side Equine Foundation to help care for and maintain the horses that are rescued from bad situations. First up for the day will be a costume class for horses and handlers starting at 9:30 a.m. followed by the beginning of the challenge. The event will break at noon for lunch and a few demonstrations including The Gospel Riders Drill Team and HP Horsemanship with her talented mustang trick partner. There will be raffles, as well as a tack sale, hosted by the Greener Side Equine Foundation. After the challenge concludes, the course will open to all participants for more fun and training. Spectators are welcome for a monetary donation to the foundation. This is a judged event with a cash payback and awards. For more information, contact the ranch at [email protected].
• Amuck, amuck, amuck! Spend a night with the Sanderson sisters at Citrus County Parks and Recreation’s Drive-in Movie in the Park “Hocus Pocus” and costume parade Friday, Oct. 30, at the soccer field parking lot of the Homosassa Area Recreation Park. Socially distanced costume parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. before the movie. All ages welcome in six different age categories. Trophies will be awarded to the winners. The movie starts at sunset, approximately 7 p.m., and will end around 8:45 p.m. Staff will hand out prepackaged snacks, soda and water. You may also bring your own snacks and beverages. There are 50 drive-in spaces available with social distancing per CDC guidelines. All interested parties are required to register their vehicle at: apm.activecommunities.com/citruscountyparks. If this event reaches capacity, a waiting list will be generated. For more information, call 352-527-7540.
• Get spooked at the Families and Friends Reaching for the Abilities (FFRA) Haunted Forest Drive-thru from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31. This socially-distanced haunted trail will be held on a large stretch of property located behind Howard’s Flea Market off South Lewdinger Avenue (the second street off U.S. 19 and West Cardinal, near Walmart) and Barbara Ann Street (roughly one mile off West Cardinal). The trail will feature 30-40 Scare Stops sponsored by various clubs, organizations, groups, families and more. For a cost of $20 per vehicle, attendees may drive through the forest, getting scared along the way. This event will follow Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and raise funds for members of the FFRA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Developmentally Disabled in Citrus County. For more information, contact Michael Clemmer at [email protected] or 336-314-8451, or visit www.ffracitrus.org.
• All are invited to drive by and view the Light Up Citrus October light show and Halloween display from dusk to 11 p.m. nightly through Oct. 31, at 745 N. Heathrow Drive, Inverness. Light Up Citrus is one of Citrus County’s most highly decorated homes, and features over 50,000 led lights. The free show runs every night weather permitting; no lights on days with rain. Please keep voices and radio volumes to a minimum. For information and weather updates, check the Light Up Citrus Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Lightupcitrus.
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