Creative costumes and sweet treats will make news at the Princeton Times Monday, Oct. 31.

Your Hometown Newspaper is proud to sponsor its seventh annual Trick-or-Treat at the Times, 1:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m., Halloween day. The afternoon’s events and offerings will include free treats, a harvest photo shoot by award-winning photographer Eric DiNovo and free child identification finger-printing.

In addition, trick-or-treaters 14 and under will all be eligible to enter a free costume contest worth a $100 savings bond for the grand prize winner and $50 savings bonds for the first-place winner in each of three age categories: 0-4 years old; 5-9 years old and 10-15 years old.

Winners of the costume contest will be tabulated after the event and announced in the Friday, Nov. 4, edition of the Princeton Times. Photos of all participants who have their pictures taken will also appear in a special section to print in the Nov. 4 edition.

While all the activities are free, Princeton Times Editor and General Manager Tammie Toler said parents will also be able to purchase photo prints and CDs of their trick-or-treaters. The first 5x7 print of each child will be $5, plus sales tax, and each additional print per child will be available at a discounted rate of $2, plus tax, per photo.

Toler said the event offers local youngsters either an alternative or addition to traditional trick-or-treating and provides a chance for the hometown newspaper to connect with the community it serves.

“We always have such a great time during this event. It’s wonderful to meet families throughout the community and get a chance to connect with them over something positive and happy,” Toler said. “Some of the families like the Halloween mementos so much that they come back for several years in a row, and we love that. This year, the event coincides really well with trick-or-treat times, so we hope a lot of visitors will stop in to see us before setting out to gather lots of treats in their neighborhoods.”

The Times staff really gets into the spirit of the event, too, dressing in costume alongside the little visitors. Costumes are still in the works this week.

The Princeton Times office is located at 109 Thorn St., Princeton. Street-side parking is available at the front, along with spots at the side of the building and in a lot designated for the former Bailey Lumber building. Photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on Trick-or-Treat at the Times or the newspaper, call 304-425-8191 or 304-425-2185.

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