(Posted Oct. 14, 2020)
Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Mount Sterling is the place to be this month for fall- and Halloween-themed activities. From movie night and a chili cook-off to a haunted house and a yard decorating contest, the options are many and varied.
• Haunted House. Masonic Lodge 269, 68 N. London St., have turned the first floor of their building into a haunted house that will be open Oct. 23-25. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. A costume contest for all ages will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission is free. Eastern Star Chapter 64 will serve free hot dogs, beverages and other goodies.
• Chili Cook-Off. Hammer Time Pub, 27 S. London St., Mount Sterling, is hosting a chili cook-off from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24. The cost to enter is a $5 donation. The cost to taste as many of the chilis as you like is a $5 donation. All proceeds go to the village of Mount Sterling parks and recreation department.
Entries should be dropped off at the pub in crockpots. The pub will provide bowls and utensils for tasters. Plaques will go to the top three finishers.
For details, send a message through the Hammer Time Pub Facebook page or email email@example.com.
• Yard Decorating Contest. The Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a contest that will reward the best Halloween- or fall-themed yards in Mount Sterling, Burr Oaks, and McClimansville. Chamber Bucks, good at participating merchants in Mount Sterling, will go to first-, second-, and third-place.
Judging will take place on Oct. 30. Winners will be announced on Oct. 31. To be eligible for judging, a yard must be nominated. Nominations can be made by the yard owner, a neighbor, or a friend. To submit nominations, call Courtney Bricker at Mount Sterling Town Hall, (740) 869-2040, ext. 108.
• Trick-or-treat and Movie Night. The village of Mount Sterling has set trick-or-treat for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The village Block Watch crew will be on the streets watching out for everyone’s safety.
Following trick-or-treat, the village’s parks and recreation department will host a movie night, showing “Hocus Pocus” (PG) on the village’s inflatable movie screen at 7:45 p.m. at Mason Park. Participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, and snacks.