There is no shortage of Halloween parties and fall festivals throughout Georgetown County starting Friday.

No matter where you live in the county, there will be something taking place for the kids  and families to enjoy.

While trick or treating in neighborhoods will take place Monday, there are other events taking place all weekend.

The annual Safe Trick or Treating on Front Street will take place this evening (Friday).

It starts with a  kick-off performance by The Studio of Dance which will take place at Francis Marion Park (beside the River Room) beginning at 5:20 p.m.

Then, for two hours beginning at 5:30 p.m., trick or treating will take place on Front Street sponsored by the merchants and business owners.

The event is open for children 12 and under.

The following is a list of

other events that will be

taking place during the

weekend and on Monday:

• Rose Hill Baptist Church is having "Hallelujah Night" on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. There will be jumping room, children's games, cake walk, hay rides, trunk-or-treat, bible bingo and lots  of food and fellowship. For more information call Renee Boykin at 546-5963.

•  St. Paul's Waccamaw UMC, located at 180 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island., and Grace Church Waccamaw present The Great Pumpkin Festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be Trunk 'n Treat, bouncies, pumpkin painting, hayrides and food vendors. Contact www.saintpaulsumc.com or grace waccamaw.org for more information.

• First Baptist Church, 219 Cleland St., Georgetown will be having a Fall Festival Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. The celebration will include games, hayrides, candy, face painters, bounce houses, and cake walk to benefit local missions. Food available to purchase will include: Cotton candy, snowcones, popcorn, nachos, hot dogs. Upward Basketball evaluations and registration.

• Optimism Preventive Services, Inc. will be having a costume party Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Beck Recreation Center. Ghoulish games, freaky fun and frightening food. Grades K-6 $5.  Adults $6.  For more information call 904-6196.

• The Montessori School of Pawleys Island's annual fundraising gala, themed "Montessori Mystique,"  is a night of costumes, games, music and more. It will take place on Saturday from 6 - 11 p.m. With live music by "The Highliners," best costume prizes, delicious food and cocktails, the night promises to be the highlight of Halloween weekend. It will take place in the Tara Ballroom in Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort 14276 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island. Call 888-766-4633 for more information.

• Outland Church of God, 22075 Choppee Road, will have Trunk or Treat Saturday at 6 p.m. Free candy. Hotdogs for sale. For more information contact Stephanie Gibson at 843-933-2404.

• The Arnett AME Church family will be having a “Hallelujah Fest” with praise and worship, fun, food, games and prizes.  This event will take place on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Arnett AME Church, 900 N. Merriman Rd., Georgetown.

• Herbert Memorial UMC on Forest Drive in Kensington will be having a Fall Festival at the church Sunday at 5 p.m. Food. Games, and trunk or treat. Please no scary costumes. The community is invited.

• The Hammock Shops on Highway 17 in Pawleys Island will host its annual trick or treat event on Monday, Halloween Day, from 3 to 5 p.m.  There will be lots of candy for the children and hayrides will be available in the back of the complex.  All shops will participate in this free event.  Come dressed in your favorite costume.

• Trinity Lutheran Church, 1605 South Fraser Street in Maryville, will have a Haunted House plus Trunk-or-Treat on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. Call 546-5424 for information. Every one and every age is invited.

•  Center Baptist Church will hold its annual Truth-A-Treat at the Folly Grove Community Center Monday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Georgetown First Assembly of God (corner of Duke Street and Saint James Street) will have a Fall Fun Festival Monday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Free community event with food, games, and candy. Costumes are welcome; come and go as needed to your schedule. Food Pantry 6 - 7 p.m.

• Broadway at the Beach is sponsoring an evening of Halloween trick-or-treating in a fun and safe environment on Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participating Broadway at the Beach merchants will pass out candy and other goodies to children. A map outlining the merchants taking part in the festivities will be available for pick-up on Halloween in the official Broadway at the Beach Visitor Center. For more information visit www.BroadwayattheBeach.com or call 1-800-386-4662.

By Scott Harper

sharper@gtowntimes.com