This Saturday Lithgow's Main Street would have been transformed into a spooky, spectacular site for the annual Halloween festival.
With COVID-19 forcing the cancellation of large gatherings around the nation, the 2020 Halloween Festival was an expected but unfortunate casualty.
While there will be no street fair, fun dress ups, rides and live entertainment, residents are being urged to get into the spooky spirit.
Halloween lolly Ute run
To lift the spirits of kids in the area, the City and Country Ute Club will be conducting a lolly run from 6.30pm on Saturday, October 31.
Seven cars will convoy from Portland and make their way back to Lithgow.
City and Country Ute Club founder Sherien Barnett said people could respond to the posts on the Lithgow 2790 NSW and Wallerawang 2845 Facebook community pages on what streets the club should drop by.
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"We posted to Facebook to let people know on the community pages and you can drop your street names and we'll be there.
"If you see us coming and you want some lollies, wave us down," she said.
Ms Barnett encouraged people to get dressed in their scariest and spookiest outfits and have some COVID-safe fun.
"It'll be COVID-safe, all the lollies are wrapped and each child we're hoping will get a small lolly bag," she said.
She said the Ute club were doing something for Halloween especially after the crazy year it's been.
"It's been a horrible year for everybody and we just want to lift the spirits for the kids and hopefully this will help," she said.
Best dressed competition
The Best Dressed competition has been extended to Friday, November 6 to incorporate those dressing up over the weekend.
People are encouraged to enter with $11,000 of prizes on offer.
Entries will be judged against a 100 point scale across five areas:
- Pre-Halloween photo, not in Halloween costume
- Halloween costume photos
- Photos in costume in a prominent Lithgow location(s)
- Placing and sharing costume photos on social media
- Writing why the costume was chosen and what Lithgow Halloween means to the entrant
Entrants sharing their outfit on social media should use the hashtag '#lithgowhalloweendigital2020' and tag Lithgow Tourism and Events on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Entries are in and once again the Lithgow Halloween Smartphone Film Competition proves to be a big hit around the world.
A total of 426 entries from 60 countries were received for the second year of competition along with strong representation from local entrants.
The entries have been shortlisted and sent for judging to the independent judges from SF3 Smartfone Flickfest, Australia's premier smartphone film competition.
SF3's Angela Blake said she looked forward to this time of year to see what people came up with.
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"We get to see just how creative and scary people can be with just a smartphone," she said.
All shortlisted films are available for viewing and voting on the Lithgow Halloween Digital website.
There is also an option for the first time this year for a People's Choice category, open for voting on the website.