Fall events abound

Towns, libraries, churches and other organizations are set to offer Halloween and fall-themed treats throughout the holiday weekend. Below are some of the many events in Catawba County that offer costumes, games, music, candy and more.

n Downtown Newton will play host to the annual "Spooktacular" from 5-8 p.m. Saturday on the courthouse square. The event will include costume contests and a trunk-or-treat.

n Claremont will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 3-7 p.m. Monday. There will be goodies for children from 3-5 p.m. and free games and entertainment from 4-7 p.m.

n Downtown Hickory Development Association holds its Candy Crawl from 4-5 p.m. today. It will include costumes and lots of candy.

n Catawba Science Center in Hickory will host its Science Spooktacular at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Costumes are encouraged, and the event will include hands-on science classes and more.

n Catawba County Library invites children to come in their costumes for trick-or-treating at the Newton, St. Stephens and Southwest branches from 3-8 p.m. Monday. Children attending during story hours will also hear tales about pumpkins and goblins.

n Immanuel Lutheran Church in Conover will host a free "weiner roast" and truck-or-treat at 5 p.m. Saturday. Participants are advised to bring blankets, chairs and the family.

n Hickory Community Theatre will show "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at midnight Saturday at the Jeffers Theater in Hickory. Admission is $10 and includes props for interacting with the film.

n The Western Piedmont Youth Symphony will perform at 7 p.m. Monday in the Arts and Science Center of Catawba Valley Auditorium. General admission is $5 per person. Bugs Bunny's "Howl-o-ween" cartoon will be shown after the concert.

n Catawba United Methodist Church will hold a fall festival from 4-7:30 p.m. Sunday. Free hot dogs will be served at 4:30, followed by games, costume contests, a trunk-or-treat and hayrides.

n New Vision Church will hold a fall festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, including music, hot dogs, drunks, face-painting and a costume parade at 3 p.m.

n Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church will hold a fall festival at 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will include food, costumes, games and a trunk-or-treat.

n Rehobeth United Methodist Church in Terrell will hold a free fall festival from 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will include games, hot dogs and a trunk-decorating contest.

n St. Mark's will hold a trunk-or-treat Monday at 6 p.m. Food and drinks will also be sold.

n Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ will hold a fall festival from 6-8 p.m. Sunday with hot dogs, games, candy and more.