Union County Celebrates Autumn Holidays in Style
Trick-or-Treating in Union County was always one of my most-anticipated traditions while growing up. First, there was planning and making your costumes. This was especially fun to coordinate and design with friends and family – and Pinterest saved my costume on more than one occasion. My siblings and I would strategically try to visit as many houses as possible in as many neighborhoods as possible each year. Because I live in the country between Marysville and Plain City, my family always had the opportunity to choose which neighborhood(s) to visit on Halloween. There are so many “perfect neighborhoods” for kids in Plain City, Richwood and Marysville, with all the house close together and many which go all-out with fun and spooky decorations. I honestly remember some houses that were decorated so scary that I had to walk up with one of my parents out of fear of what was and was not real. As I got older, I would still dress up in costumes with my friends as we handed out candy to the next generation; although many memories of my costumes have blended together over the years, I distinctly remember dressing up as Disney villains with a group of friends, which was a big hit among the kids and parents we interacted with. This year, both Marysville and Plain City Trick-or-Treating will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 31, and Richwood will be from 5 to 7 p.m.
There are several other spooky events that you and your family can participate in throughout the county, and I have highlighted the most popular ones here for you. On October 12, Marysville will be showing the movie Hocus Pocus in the park at dusk. This is the perfect family-friendly event that is certain to be fun for everyone! On November 3, there will be a Pumpkin Drop from 1 to 5 p.m. This annual event allows you to watch firefighters drop pumpkins provided by attendees from a 100-foot ladder; it is a super entertaining way to celebrate the fall season. And who doesn’t like to see the splatter of pumpkin guts? New to Union County this year will be the first annual Richwood Park Haunted Lake Trail. On October 26 from 8 to 11 p.m. you can hike in Richwood Park and enjoy refreshments and hayrides. This one night only event will benefit the Park and Lake Trail. For more information or to find more Halloween and fall activities in Union County, you can visit https://www.visitunioncountyohio.org/.
After eating all that Halloween candy don’t forget about the 9th annual Pumpkin Dash 5k which will be occurring this Thanksgiving, November 28, 2019 in historic uptown Marysville at 9 a.m. This is a great way get out of the kitchen as a family and race your way into the holiday season. I believe starting off your holiday with the Pumpkin Dash simply justifies eating all of your Thanksgiving favorites. Each year, several hundred participants compete individually and in teams for awards. Although everyone receives a t-shirt with their race packet and a custom medal upon race completion, contestants with the most points (achieved through age-group placement and participation) are invited to an award ceremony the following month. This run or walk event is the perfect event for family, friends and co-workers to participate in. Proceeds will benefit the Marysville High School Track and Field and Cross Country teams. To register for the event or for more information, you can visit https://www.pumpkindash5k.com/.
For anyone who may be unable to spend Thanksgiving with their families, are struggling this holiday season or wants to celebrate with their community, the First United Methodist Church of Marysville will be hosting this year’s Community Dinner on Thanksgiving Day. They provide a traditional feast to those who would not otherwise have this meal. If you are willing and able, the church is always looking for donations and volunteers to make this event successful. Visit http://marysvillefumc.org/ministries/send to learn about how you can help put on this great event!
All of these family-friendly events are an awesome way to spend time in our community and celebrate all of our favorite fall holidays. I hope to see you all at some (or all!) of these awesome events!