Ghostly Goings on in Effingham on Halloween


Published on October 30 2012 9:41 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Millie Lange

You'll find a great gallery of images from Effingham's Halloween Parade located here.

Or, if you'd like to watch the parade online, you can do that too! Click here to see it.

There will be ghosts, superheroes and things that go bump in the night on the streets of Effingham Wednesday evening for Halloween.

Mayor Merv Gillenwater designated Wednesday evening as Trick or Treat Night in Effingham from 6-8 p.m. For those wishing to participate in Trick or Treat Night by receiving trick or treaters, leave porch lights on. Parents can help keep their children safe by dressing little ones in appropriate costumes and masks, providing flashlights, accompanying smaller children, visiting only households of people you know and inspecting treats.

The Effingham Downtown Merchants are having Trick or Treat on Halloween night. Everyone is invited to this safe and family friendly atmosphere. Businesses participating include:

Chesnut Family Music, Baseball Card Connection, Bike & Hike, Brown's Drug Store, H&R Block, Hair 1-2-3, Jefferson Street Gifts, Joe's Pizza, LaPetite Boutique, Noah's Ark Pet Shoppe, Osteen & Chojnicki Attorneys At Law, Downtown Popcorn Shoppe, Scott Ealy Attorney At Law, Village Wine & Gifts, Waymo's Photography and the Effingham County Culutural  Center & Museum Association at the courthouse.

Several churches in the area will be hosting Trunk or Treats Wednesday. Those include:

-- First Baptist Church, 213 West Fayette, Effingham from 6-8 pm. on the parking lot.

-- First Christian Church, 901 North Henrietta, Effingham from 6-8 p.m. There will be candy and hot dogs. The event will be moved inside due to the cold and wind.

-- First Church of God, 2600 S. Banker Street from 6-8 p.m.

-- Altamont Christian Church, 1351 S. Main, Altamont. Games include straw toss contest, paint ball guns, cupcake walk, face painting and inflatables. Trunk-or-Treat for candy in the parking lot.

-- There also will be Trick or Treat at Effingham Rehabilitaton Health Care Center, 1610 North Lakewood Drive in Effingham from 5-7 p.m.

-- Lakeland Rehab and Healthcare, 800 West Temple, will have Trick or Treat from 6-8 p.m.

-- The Annual "Panic in the Park" Haunted Trail, hosted by the Altamont Masonic Lodge #533, will be open from dusk to 10 p.m. Wednesday in Klitzing Park in Altamont. Hotdogs, popcorn, drinks and fun. Entry fee is $5 per person, children under 12, $3, must be accompanied by an adult.

Trick or Treat nights in the area include:


Brownstown -- 6-8 p.m.

Herrick -- 6-9 p.m.

Newton -- 5-8 p.m.

St. Elmo -- 6-8 p.m.


Altamont -- 6-8 p.m.

Beecher City -- 6-7:30 p.m.

Cowden -- 6-8 p.m.

Greenup -- 6-8 p.m.

Louisville -- 6-8 p.m.

Neoga -- 6-8 p.m.

Stewardson -- 6-8 p.m.

Toledo -- 6-8 p.m.