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Screams on the square

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Those who grew up in Marshfield and surrounding cities know the joys of Halloween trick or treating at the Webster County Courthouse. While the classic holiday traditions as haunted last Halloween due to COVID, the tradition will continue in 2021.

“Trick or treat will be on Thursday this year which is a little unusual with Halloween being on Sunday,” explained Webster County Clerk Stanley Whitehurst. “With school closed on Friday, we wanted to coordinate as much as we could with the schools and with downtown businesses. This seemed to be the preferred date for most.”

Marshfield schools will host their Halloween parties on Thursday this year, giving kids a chance to hit the square after their sugar-fueled class parties. However, the date isn’t the only change this year.

For the first time, the courthouse trick or treating will be limited to spooky stands outside on the lawn.

“This was the solution to being able to have Halloween at the courthouse this year. For one, there is still some hesitancy with COVID and we have a new security system set up now… I’m not going to say it’s the end of an era. I’m certainly hopeful that we can go back to trick or treating inside the courthouse someday,” Whitehurst added. “But for now it will be held on the courthouse lawn.”

Different groups of Webster County office holders will have tables set up on the courthouse lawn for passing trick or treaters to stop at. Select businesses surrounding the square will also participate with open doors for kids to trick or treat.

“The offices love to do it and I think the community will be surprised at their efforts… There was a lot of interest in still offering trick or treating this year, we just wanted to do it in a safe way,” he added. “Hopefully the weather will cooperate and people may even like this better.. we’ll just have to see.”

Halloween on the square will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28. Bring kids, costumes and come get some candy!

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