For the first time in several years, Cecil County has decided to hold Halloween on, well, Halloween.
Each year, the county commissioners decide when to hold countywide Halloween festivities, most notably trick-or-treating.
This year trick-or-treating will take place Oct. 31.
The county’s largest towns are following suit with Elkton, North East and Perryville also holding their trick-or-treating nights Oct. 31.
Aside from the usual costume and candy affair, the towns are holding their own special events to mark the holiday.
Perryville will be first with its annual Halloween party for children 13 and younger scheduled to be held at the parking lot behind town hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 23. The event will feature a disc jockey, games, a costume-judging competition and snacks.
Elkton will hold its annual Halloween parade at the Howard Street municipal parking lot starting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30. The Elkton Chamber & Alliance is sponsoring the event, which invites individuals, groups, floats, bands and pets to come in costume and celebrate.
Finally, North East will hold its annual Halloween party for children 11 and younger at the North East Community Park starting at 1 p.m. on Oct. 31. The event, which is being sponsored by the town and the North East Chamber of Commerce, will have a costume-judging contest and games.
On October 17, Cecil & Beyond Paranormal Society and the Historic Elk Landing Foundation will hold a public ghost hunt at the Stone House and Hollingsworth House on the Elk Landing property.
Groups will be led through the properties and instructed on how to question spirits and use equipment associated with paranormal investigations.
Admission to the event is $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and younger. All proceeds will benefit restoration projects at the Historic Elk Landing Foundation.