GENEVA — Geneva Ghoulfest will put a new “bounce” in Halloween this year with a costume contest, house decorating contest, Trunk or Treat, a parade and a new event, said Margie Netzel, Geneva Recreation events coordinator.
“Instead of the traditional haunted house at the recreation center, we will host free haunted bounce houses after the Ghoulfest parade,” she said.
The bounce houses will be set up in the recreation center and are free and open to the public.
The calendar of events also includes the parade, costume contest, trunk-or-treat, and a free hot dog dinner at the Geneva Fire Department.
The fun at Ghoulfest begins with a parade at 6 p.m.
Lineup is at 5:30 p.m. on Park Street.
“It isn’t too late to participate in the parade or trunk or treat,” Netzel said. “Just show up.”
The costume contests, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realty, will be held at the Geneva Community Center parking lot at 5:45 p.m. with registration at 5:40 p.m.
The parade will walk from Route 534 to Woodlawn Street and end at North Forest Street. Children young and old can join in the costume parade.
Children can gather up candy at the annual trunk or treat in the municipal parking lot across from the Geneva Police Department. The candy giveaway will be held immediately following the parade, and will be moved to the Geneva Fire Department if the weather is bad.
Groups, churches, individuals, businesses and clubs are welcome to pass out candy at Trunk-or-Treat, right from their car trunks, Netzel said.
“We have a bunch of businesses, churches and groups excited to pass out candy and see the kids’ costumes,” she said. “It’s a great way to connect with families in the Geneva area. All you have to do is bring about 200 to 250 pieces of candy to pass out.”
The Geneva firefighters will serve up free hot dogs, cookies and drinks at the Geneva Fire Department at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is sponsored by Geneva Giant Eagle and Crawford Insurance Agency.
The bounce house fun opens at 6:30 p.m. inside the Geneva Recreation Center.
“The bounce houses are totally free and open to kids up to age 12,” Netzel said. “This wonderful new event is sponsored by Northwest Ambulance District, UH Geneva Medical Center, and Ashtabula County Medical Center.”
Free hayrides and a bonfire will be held at Kiwanis Park on South Ridge Road from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during Ghoulfest.
The Geneva Kiwanis Club will also host the annual Ghoulfest Pancake Breakfast on Saturday at the Geneva Methodist Church.
The meal, which includes all you can eat pancakes with two sausage links or a large serving of sausage gravy and biscuits will be held from 7 a.m. to noon p.m.
Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for elementary age children, and children under age 5 eat free.
The breakfast will also feature a Chinese auction and 50/50 drawing.
Trick-or-Treat in Geneva, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Geneva Township and Harpersfield Township will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.