Family fun can be had this Halloween by visiting Frankford for its revived Frankford Fall Festival.
Organized by the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, the Town of Frankford and the Frankford Public Library, along with the United Methodist Church, Antioch AME Church, the Frankford Presbyterian Church and the Father’s House, the event was organized to bring people together in the town.
“I think it’s important for any small town to have events that bring everyone together and have an opportunity to have a good time as a group,” said Robbie Murray, president of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, who helped plan the event.
Held on Saturday, Oct. 31, the event will begin at Frankford Town Hall, with a costume contest. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the judging to be held at 11 a.m. The contest age groups are younger than 3, 3-6, 6-8 and 9-12. Prizes will be awarded for scariest costume, most original, most realistic and funniest.
“The fire company ladies’ auxiliary is handling the costume contest, along with members of the youth group of the United Methodist Church.”
Following the judging, the kids may participate in a parade down to the Frankford Town Park, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Festivities at the park will be held from noon to 4 p.m.
“We will have hay wagon rides. There will be pumpkin painting, tattoos, moon bounces and various games,” he said.
Murray said that, additionally, there will be hourly demonstrations from emergency services, including a smoke house.
“There will be a live demonstration from a K-9 officer and their dog. The Delaware State Police helicopter will be landing, and the fire company will have a vehicle extrication display,” he added.
“There will be a couple food vendors available, as well as a D.J. who will be playing some music and coordinating games.”
Following the conclusion of the fall festival, the Town will hold trick-or-treating for children 12 or younger, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The event, said Murray, will be a good precursor to the Town’s Christmas in the Park. A park/tree-lighting ceremony will be held Nov. 28 to kick off Christmas in the Park, which will be held on Wednesdays through the month of December and give area kids the chance to meet Santa before Christmas Eve.
Murray said the planning committee received a great deal of support during while organizing the event.
“Every time we turned around, someone else was wanting to jump in and participate, which was great. Everything really came together extremely well.”
All are being invited to attend the events for an afternoon of fellowship and holiday festivities.
“I think it’ll be received well and I think each year it will continue to get bigger, and certainly easier to organize in future years. We’re starting out small, and our hope is that each year, more and more people attend, and we can look for areas to improve and areas to gain more attention and increase participation.”
Frankford town hall is located at 5 Main Street in downtown Frankford.