Spooky fun on tap at Apollo-Ween

October 18, 2018 GMT

There’s Halloween, now get ready for Apollo-Ween.

The Apollo Area Business Association recently coined the newly branded name for its longtime Halloween parade with expanded activities to create this year’s inaugural Apollo-Ween.

Set for Oct. 27, the spook festival will offer up the town’s traditional Halloween parade, a free haunted house, free pumpkins for kids, and more. Free candy galore will be available via “trunk-or-treat,” which is candy handed out from the trunks of cars sponsored by local churches.

Festivities will start in the town’s Plaza along Kiski Avenue and First Street with vendors at 2 p.m. The parade is set for 4 p.m. from near the border of North Apollo along Warren Avenue to the Plaza. Trunk-or-Treat will be in the Plaza from 6 to 8 p.m. Then traditional Trick-or-Treat will be held throughout the borough from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Parking will be free on Apollo-Ween. Volunteers will be on hand to help the public at cross walks.

About a dozen vendors will offer food, crafts and more including Pasta Bill’s, which will serve up fried ravioli while Kistaco Farms shares its bounty of caramel apples and apple cider.

“Locally, Apollo is not known for much, but is known for its Halloween festivities,” said Andrew Evans, an accountant who is president of the business association.

“We want to build on that, adding more to the longtime Halloween parade,” he said.

Evans hopes the festivities will attract people from outside the borough for an event that “could put Apollo on the map.”