The Charlottesville area will play host to a number of Halloween events on and around the holiday.
The Charlottesville government’s annual Downtown Safe Halloween event will take place Saturday at the Charlottesville Pavilion. Put on by the Department of Parks and Recreation, the event features a costume contest and trick-or-treating on the Downtown Mall from 2 to 5 p.m.
The city will also have a Trick or Treat blood drive this Monday in the basement conference room of City Hall. The drive will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. and interested residents can sign up online at www.vadonor.com by using the sponsor code “City of Charlottesville.”
Area children are invited to trick or treat on the University of Virginia Lawn from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. The event is scheduled the day before Halloween to avoid a conflict with a home football game against Duke University on Saturday.
That same evening, the Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle will hold its Masquerade, featuring live music and magicians, among other things. The fundraiser, the proceeds of which will go toward reading and language tutoring to illiterate adults, will occur from 7:30 to 11 p.m. and ticket costs include food and drinks. Tickets can be purchased by calling 977-3838 or by visiting www.literacyforall.org.
Also on Saturday, the fifth Chili Cook-off will take place at Earlyhouse in Louisa County. The event will go from noon to 5 p.m. at 3998 Yanceyville Road. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 12, and costs include all chili samples. The event will benefit the National Kidney Foundation and the Virginia Transplant Center at Henrico County’s Doctor’s Hospital.
At Nelson County’s Museum of Rural History, Oakland, A Night at the Museum will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Reservations for the event, which will include cider making, campfire tales and a nature walk, can be made by calling 277-5542. The museum is located on U.S. 29 three miles south of Lovingston.
Because Halloween is on a Saturday this year, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is urging drivers to pay extra attention to those trick-or-treating. The state agency recommends drivers not go out around dusk, when visibility is lowest.