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Large Halloween events planned by local fire department

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- When Halloween arrives this Thursday, as many as 10,000 youngsters may be found at two popular trick-or-treat locations.

The oldest and largest of the public Halloween displays will be at Zoneton Firehouse, on Preston Highway.

For the third year, the Shepherdsville Fire Department will host its own version of Trick or Treat fun.

The setups are similar as each has a mission to provide a safe place for youngsters to visit booths and collect Halloween goodies.

At Shepherdsville, treats will be given out, while supplies last, from 5-8 p.m.

Unless weather causes a change, booths will be set up outside in the government center parking lot. Thanks to the area businesses and the fire department, hot dogs, chili and drinks will be provided for free -- while supplies last -- inside the fire station.

If any individual or business wishes to contribute bagged candy, they can take those donations to Shepherdsville Government Center on Conestoga Parkway.

In case of rain, the booths will be moved into the gym.

The granddaddy of all large Halloween events in the county remains at Zoneton Firehouse.

This year's event will run from 6-9 p.m. inside the fire station on Preston Highway.

There will be dozens of booths handing out treats. And there will be chili and hot dogs provided.

Parking at both events will be heavy.

In Shepherdsville, look for designated parking areas, which will provide shuttle service.

At Zoneton, parking will be at Little Flock Baptist Church, which is also hosting a Treat Street celebration that evening.

Both events are free and open to the entire community.