The annual Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 Halloween Parade is a classic way to mark the holiday. Commander Jim Hodges notes, “I just think it’s part of the Batesville tradition, the community doing something as a group. It’s always been an opportunity for some of the old folks to line the streets and watch the little ones go by” in disguises.
The Thursday, Oct. 31, procession begins at 6 p.m. from Batesville Memorial Pool, going south on Mulberry Street, east on West Pearl Street and south on South Main Street, ending in front of the Memorial Building, where each child will receive a bag of treats prepared by Legionnaires.
Batesville High School FFA members will be trick-or-treating for canned goods Oct. 31 in Hillindale Commons and Farmington Estates. Donations will be transported to the Batesville food pantry. Citizens also may bring items to FFA boxes at Batesville Church of Christ, Holy Family Catholic Church and Southeastern Indiana YMCA.
Besides trick-or-treating (please see box), 15 other area events are slated over a 12-day ghoulish period. In chronological order:
Fear Factory has almost tripled in size, expanding to 25,000 square feet. Those who love to be horrified are in for new surprises, thanks to better special effects created by Hill-Rom engineers. Tours costing $5 Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26 are 7-10 p.m. at RomWeber Marketplace. A spooktastic Oct. 18 midnight tour encompass two building levels instead of just one for $10. Attendees should use the Depot Street entrance closest to East Pearl Street. Proceeds benefit Cierra’s Club, founded by Karen Adams and managed by the Batesville Community Education Foundation, which provides fun, drug-free entertainment for area youth.
Haunted Village tours, sponsored by the Metamora Merchants Association, start with hay rides, then visitors will be escorted throughout the town, where hauntings can creep out from anywhere. The fun, costing $5, is Oct. 18-19 from 7-10 p.m.