Halloween is, according to usually reliable sources, right around the corner and there are no shortage of events to mark the occasion this year.

The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department has announced a number of in-person and virtual events it is sponsoring beginning this week.

“Halloween Hoopla at Home” will teach you how to make economical Halloween games, treats and decorations from the safety of your own home.  This is a virtual class that will be available on the Parks and Recreation Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GSOParksandRec/ at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14; Friday, Oct. 22; and Thursday, Oct. 28.

You can also go to the Parks and Recreation Facebook page and share a photo of yourself in costume to enter the virtual costume contest.  Greensboro Youth Council members will judge the “Best Children’s Costume and “Best Family Costume.”  The most liked submission will determine the “Fan Favorite” winner. Winners in all categories will be announced on Saturday, Oct. 30.

The Greensboro Youth Council will hold “Ghoulash!” from 2 to 5 p.m. in the 200 block of N. Davie Street between Center City Park and LeBauer Park.  This annual Holloween event will be converted into a drive-through trick-or-treating event with vendors, music, performances, candy and take home craft kits.  There is no pedestrian access to this event.

Trunk or Treat will be held at Windsor Recreation Center at 1603 E. Gate City Blvd. from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29.  Along with treats in trunks, there will be games and activities.

Howloween will be held at Greensboro Country Park Picnic Shelter 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. In partnership with the Guilford County Animal Resources this event welcomes four-legged companions to join in the costume party and there will be treats for dogs and their human companions.

Finally, the post Halloween “Pumpkin Smash” will be held at Lake Brandt at 5945 Lake Brandt Dr. from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6. People are invited to bring their pumpkins to Lake Brandt where they are invited to launch them from a suitably sized sling shot or smash them with a sledgehammer.

After the event the pumpkins’ remains will be composted.