Haunted house kicks off Halloween season

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By The Staff

The Halloween season in Vandalia officially gets underway this weekend with a new activity on the Halloween calendar.
The staff of the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool will operate a haunted house at the former Washington School in the 300 block of South Eighth Street, with the proceeds going toward pool rehabilitation work.
The haunted house will be open:
• Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19 – 7-11 p.m.
• Thursday, Oct. 24 – After the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade, until 10:30 p.m.
• Friday Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, 7-11 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person, with children ages 4 and under admitted free of charge.
All of the proceeds will go toward rebuilding the Vandalia Swimming Pool deck.
Halloween Parade
The Vandalia Lions Club will hold its annual Halloween Parade at 7 p.m. next Thursday.
The parade will follow the traditional route, from Seventh Street east to Third Street.
The Lions Club announced on Wednesday morning that this year’s parade marshal is Jean Stombaugh, a longtime business owner who has been involved in numerous community projects as a volunteer.
Downtown Trick or Treat
Sponsored by downtown merchants and the city of Vandalia, the Downtown Trick or Treat will be held from 10 a.m.- 1p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The schedule includes:
• 10 a.m. – Story time at Evans Public Library.
• 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Trick-or-treating at downtown businesses. Participating businesses will have signs on their doors.
• 12:30 p.m. – Costume contest at Family Video with three age groups: up to 4 years old; ages 5-9; and ages 10-13.
Trick-or-Treat Night in Vandalia is Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6-8 p.m.