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Sweets, scares on the square
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Little goblins, princesses and superheroes whose parents may not want them going door-to-door this Halloween have some trick-or-treating options.

The annual "Scare on the Square" trick-or-treating event will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Halloween, in downtown Covington.

The free event, hosted by Main Street Covington, the Covington Police and Fire Departments, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Newton County Fire Services, and other public safety agencies, will feature hayrides, games, prizes and plenty of candy.

In a public service announcement, Covington Police Department officials said Scare on the Square offers a safer alternative to trick-or-treating. The annual Halloween celebration is a project of the Safer Covington Action Network, a public safety initiative of the CPD.

CPD Officer Allan Seebaran said public safety agencies are still accepting donations of sealed candy for the event. Donations can be dropped off at the Covington Police Department, 1143 Oak St., or at any Covington Public Safety Office.   For more information about Scare on the Square, call the CPD at 770-786-7605. 

The Porterdale Police Department will also hold a free candy-giveaway for trick-or-treaters Thursday. PPD Lt. Jason Cripps said candy will be given out from 6-8:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Porterdale Police Department, 2400 Main St. In addition to the sweet treats, Cripps said the event will feature ghosts and goblins, military Hummers and police vehicles for children to climb through, and K-9 Nina, who will pose for photos with trick-or-treaters.

"We’ll have our whole department working and riding around," he said. "We’ve got tons of candy to give out, and I’m still taking donations as well."

Cripps said sealed candy donations can be dropped off at the police station or city hall in Porterdale.

He also stressed that Porterdale’s event isn’t  just for residents; it’s open to everyone from surrounding communities.

"Many people come through our town. We want everyone to feel welcomed," Cripps said. 

Also in Porterdale, there will be a Halloween wrestling event at The Main Event wrestling arena, 2001 Main St.  Event organizer Tim Savage said in conjunction with the free candy giveaway at the Porterdale Police Department, Platinum Championship Wrestling will present a "No Horrors Barred" wrestling match for children and adults.  The match starts at 7 p.m. and will also feature free candy for trick-or-treaters.  All kids in costume will be admitted free; adult admission will be $5. For more information, call 770-855-8517.