Children will be hitting the streets across the Mid-Ohio Valley this weekend, knocking on doors and chanting the traditional "Trick or Treat" as they ply area neighborhoods for their fill of candy and other sweets.
The annual event is good news for local stores that are stocked up on candy, costumes and seasonal decor.
"We've seen a lot of people purchasing Halloween decorations, and we moved the candy and some costumes out into the main aisles this year," said Randy Hupp, assistant manager at the Marietta Kmart store on Pike Street.
He expects Friday and Saturday will be the busiest for Halloween sales, but noted those items will continue to be available through the holiday on Thursday.
Dusti Tucker of Marietta was among those perusing the costume aisle with 7-month-old son Aiden Brown Thursday afternoon.
"I'm trying to pick out a costume for him to wear to a Halloween party at one of the local nursing homes," she said. "It depends on how cold it gets, but I might take him out for his first Trick or Treat on Saturday."
Trick or Treat times:
Williamstown: Saturday, 6-7:30 p.m.
Marietta: Saturday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Belmont: Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
St. Marys: Saturday, 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by Halloween Parade at 7 p.m.
Newport: Saturday, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Dart community: Saturday, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Beverly: Wednesday: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Palmer Township: Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Ludlow Township: Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m.
Parkersburg: Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m.
Vienna: Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m.
Belpre: Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m.
Elizabeth: Thursday, 6-7 p.m.
Harrisville: Thursday, 7-8 p.m.
Pennsboro: Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m.
Ravenswood: Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ripley: Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m.
Other 'treat' events
Reno Lions Club Halloween "Trunk-N-Treat," Saturday, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Marietta Township Recreation Center, 260 Sandhill Road.
Third annual Trick or Treat Around the Track, Saturday, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Oak Grove Recreation Center, 535 BF Goodrich Road.
Trick or Treat at River City Market for the children, Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, Washington County Fairgrounds.
Marietta First Church of the Nazarene's annual Trunk or Treat, Sunday, 6 p.m., 100 Mill Creek Road; (children may come dressed in costume, however church is a zombie free zone).
Trick or Treat events are scheduled in communities across the valley, with the first taking place in six towns and villages Saturday. Other community Trick or Treats will follow on the more traditional days of Oct. 30 and 31.
At least one event, a "Trunk or Treat," is slated on Sunday evening at Marietta's First Church of the Nazarene.