Suffolk town offers safe Halloween events for families

The town of Suffolk offers several safe Halloween-related events for families. The city reminds people that the trick or treat is for people 12 and under only, and the trick or treat ends at 8 p.m. by city code.

Here are the events the city offers:

friday october 28
Friday Night Frights at Suffolk Center: The Ring

The Suffolk Tourism Division wants to scare you with a series of classic horror films at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. On Friday, October 28, 2022, join us for “The Ring” and find out why Samara wants you to answer the phone. This 2002 film is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 55 minutes. The show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is $3 per person. No children under the age of 17 will be permitted without a parent or guardian. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900. Sponsored by Suffolk Tourism and located at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, 110 West Finney Avenue.

Saturday October 29
Touch a truck and candy or spell

Bring your little goblins and ghouls to the parking lot behind the courthouse (on N. Commerce Street) on Saturday, October 29, 2022, for Touch a Truck & Trick or Treat! The event starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m., rain or shine. Enjoy food, candy, games, trucks and more! Kids can see, touch and explore their favorite big trucks and vehicles. This is a one-day interactive event that also gives children the opportunity to meet the men and women who serve, protect and build our community. Vehicles on display include construction trucks, emergency vehicles, tractor-trailers and utility trucks. WEAR YOUR COSTUMES AND BRING BAGS OF TREATS! Tickets are $5 each or 4 for $15 and are available on site the day of the event.

For more information, call the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society at 757.539.2781.

Saturday October 29
Victorian Suffolk: Dying to Be There, A Guided Discovery of Cedar Hill Cemetery

This 75-minute walking tour explores the hidden meanings buried in historic Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suffolk. The tour will feature Victorian era symbolism, burial practices, burial industries and mourning rituals. This intriguing and educational excursion will shed light on how the people of Suffolk lived and died in the 19th century. Cedar Hill Cemetery is over two centuries old and its roots go back to the founding of Suffolk. With keen eyes and curious minds, this tour will shed light on the fascinating world of Victorian America, their obsession with death, dying and life beyond the grave.

$7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military and children 12 and under. Attendees are asked to park in the car park adjacent to the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum, 326 North Main Street and meet at the Cedar Hill Cemetery Gate adjacent to the car park. For more information, call 757-514-4130.

Saturday October 29
Legends of Main Street: A Ghost Walk in Suffolk

A hair-raising encounter with the “feisty” side of Suffolk. Follow a costumed guide through the shadows of historic Main Street, learning stories, legends and ‘unexplained events’ by lantern light. Stories of unsolved mysteries and unsolved cases abound throughout Suffolk’s historically hip Ghost Walk. This walking tour takes approximately 90 minutes and covers approximately 1.5 miles and departs from the Suffolk Visitor Center, located at 524 North Main Street; comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended.

One must reserve. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) Cost: $10 adults; $8 seniors (60+), military and children 9-12 years old. Not recommended for children under 9 years old. For more information, call 757-514-4130.

Sunday October 30
Suffolk Town Center Trick or Treat

The Suffolk Town Center Trick or Treat event will take place on October 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Bring your family and dog for candy, treats and Halloween fun.

Organized by the Downtown Entrepreneurs Association

*If you are a downtown business interested in participating, please contact Deanna Holt at [email protected]


The Suffolk Police Department and Suffolk Fire & Rescue remind you to keep these safety tips in mind when out for a ride or treat:


– Provide bright and reflective costumes. Make sure shoes fit properly and costumes are short enough to avoid tripping, becoming entangled or coming into contact with a flame.

– Consider adding reflective tape or stripes to costumes and candy bags for better visibility.

– Because some masks can limit or block vision, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit snugly to prevent them from slipping over the eyes. Makeup should be tested beforehand on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on D-Day and removed in the evening to avoid possible skin irritation.

– When buying costumes, wigs and accessories, look for and buy those whose label clearly indicates that they are flame retardant.

– If a sword, cane or stick is part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child can easily be injured by these accessories if they trip or trip.

– Review with the children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or get lost.

Carve out a niche

– Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then the parents can make the cut.

– Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you are using a candle, a votive candle is the safest.

– Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and not on a porch or path where visitors might pass by. They should never be left unattended.

home security

– To keep homes safe for visitors, parents should remove anything that a child might trip over, such as garden hoses, toys, bicycles and lawn decorations, from the porch and front yard.

– Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burnt out bulbs.

– Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.

– Restrain pets so they don’t inadvertently jump or bite a trick-or-treater.

On the Trick or Treat Trail

– A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood visits.

– Get flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their companions.

– Only go to houses where the porch light is on and never enter a house or car to feast.

– Wait to eat treats until they can be inspected safely at home in a well-lit environment.

Since pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind cheaters:

– Stay in groups and communicate where they will go.

– Don’t forget reflective strips for costumes and candy bags.

– Bring a cell phone for quick communication.

– Stay on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.

– If there is no sidewalk available, walk along the edge of the road facing traffic.

– Never cut across yards or use driveways.

– Only cross the street in groups at established crosswalks, where available. Never cross between parked cars.

– Do not assume the right of way. Motorists may have difficulty seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops doesn’t mean others will!

– If a person, vehicle or situation seems suspicious, act on your instincts and call the non-emergency number, 923-2350, and let an officer investigate. If you think a crime is happening, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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