Halloween events planned in county

The final week of Jennings County’s Halloween celebrations includes a parade, the annual Sweet Street celebration in North Vernon, the Boyd pumpkin display in rural Jennings County and a series of events at the Jennings County Public Library.

Halloween parade

A Halloween costume parade will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Halloween night, in downtown North Vernon. People of all ages are invited to wear their favorite costume and join the parade. The parade will begin at the North Vernon Police Station and will move up Main Street and end at the First Christian Church on Walnut Street. For additional information call Sue at 812-767-3131.

Sweet Street celebration

Also on Halloween, the annual Sweet Street Halloween Celebration, hosted by First Christian Church, is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.“Sweet Street has turned into a real community thing for the whole community. It started 15 years ago as just a small gathering in the church parking lot, and now we are serving well over 4,000 people and it is growing every year,” said First Christian Church Youth Director Angee Leeds.

The celebration includes free candy for children through sixth grade. Parents and students in seventh grade and above will be eligible to enter drawings for door prizes.

Free hot dogs, chips and beverages will be available for parents and children of all ages. Games and bounce houses also will be free.

“It’s just amazing how this has turned into a huge party for North Vernon. It’s a big, joyful ordeal that brings the whole community together,” Leeds said.

For additional information call Leeds at 812-346-3177.

Pumpkin display

Halloween night will be the final time this year for the Boyd pumpkin display. Every year, hundreds of drivers make the trip down rural Jennings County roads to see the display of more than 300 lighted and hand-carved pumpkins in the front yard of Wesley and Melody Boyd’s home, 6265 E. County Road 920N, North Vernon.The display continues every night this week through Saturday.

Library events

The Jennings County Public Library, 2375 N. State Road 3, North Vernon, will host several Halloween-related events.A special craft class that shows people how to make autumn Mason jar candle holders is 6 p.m. Monday. Supplies will be provided. Preregistration is required.

Miss Annie will read spooky stories and make crafts in the Children’s Program Room at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Miss Annie also will read spooky stories at 7 p.m. Thursday in the shelter house at the Vernon Commons. Games will be played in the park afterward. All ages can participate.

A discussion of several mysteries in history is 5 p.m. Friday in the Teen Room. The event is for ages 12 through 18. Topics that will be discussed include Jack the Ripper, the Bermuda Triangle, the Roanoke Colony and whether Marilyn Monroe was murdered.