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Halloween kicks off with Fletcher carnival

Halloween events for kids start Saturday with Fletcher's spooky carnival and costume contest followed by Hendersonville's Trick or Treat Street in downtown Hendersonville.

Children 11 and under are invited to Bill Moore Community Park for free Halloween fun during Fletcher’s Halloween Carnival from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, featuring carnival games, face painting, candy and more. Children and families interested in participating in the costume contest must be registered by 1:45 pm. Here’s the schedule:
• Noon-3 p.m. carnival games, face painting
• 1:45 p.m. deadline to register for costume contest
• 2 p.m. ages 4 and under contest
• 2:20 p.m. ages 5-7 contest
• 2:40 p.m. ages 8-11 contest
• 3 p.m. family contest
The event is free and open to the public thanks to sponsors Blue Ridge Orthodontics, Prescott Auto Reserve, Hunter Subaru and State Farm insurance agent Tabatha Hamlin. For the safety of pets and guests, the town asks people to leave pets at home.

Monsters, ghosts and goblins will be on parade in downtown Hendersonville from 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, at the family-friendly Treat Street Carnival.
Candy sponsor Ingles Markets has generously provided extra candy for the downtown merchants to distribute.

The event, which combines the Friends of Downtown Hendersonville’s Trick or Treat Street, Henderson County Parks and Recreation’s Halloween Carnival and Hola Carolina’s Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, will include a costume contest, Monster Mash Sound Extreme DJ party, the kid zone sponsored by Biltmore Church and a variety of inflatables as well as performances in the spirit of Día de Los Muertos.

Trick or treating with downtown merchants kicks off at 5 p.m. along Main Street from Allen Street to Sixth Avenue. In addition, local organizations will set up treat contributor booths in the 400 and 500 blocks.

The costume contest and Monster Mash will be in the 100 block in front of the Historic Courthouse between First and Second avenues along Main Street. Inflatables can be found in the 200 and 300 blocks. Hola Carolina will be in the 100 block between Allen and First Avenue.

Costume contest registration begins at 5 p.m. at the courthouse square and judging, which includes age categories for infants to age 3, 4 to 7, 8 to 11, 12 to 15, and 16-plus and family/group contestants will start at 6 p.m., with the pet category first to be judged.

This is a full street closure of Main Street from Sixth Avenue to Allen Street; no parking after 1 p.m. for setup. For more information, visit or call 828-329-5658.