AIKEN - Halloween festivities in the area will start today, five days before the Wednesday holiday.
The Halloween Hoopla in Aiken will be at the H.O. Weeks Activity Center on Whiskey Road from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The carnival is open to all ages, and activities include a costume contest, a pumpkin carving contest and free food.
The event is free for children 2 and younger, and admission is $3 for children ages 3 to 12 and $1 for those 13 and older.
North Augusta will play host to the Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Georgia Avenue downtown. A costume contest will be at 12:15 p.m., and the North Augusta High School Chorus will perform at 2:30 p.m.
The jubilee will also have a dunking booth with radio personalities, city officials and others. The booth is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and the Rotary Club of North Augusta. Throwers receive three tries for $1.
At noon, the city will hold a ribbon-cutting to honor the downtown streetscape project's completion. Admission is free.
On Halloween, the Aiken Downtown Development Association will conduct a blood drive in downtown Aiken. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the alley next to Eulalie Salley & Company Realtors on Laurens Street. The drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All healthy adults, 17 years and older, are encouraged to donate. However, those who donated after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will not yet be eligible to donate again.
The development association has joined for the fourth year with downtown businesses to offer trick-or-treating. Participating businesses will welcome children from 3 to 5 p.m.
Reach Matthew Boedy at (803) 648-1395 or firstname.lastname@example.org.