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A man shows off his costume at last year's Candy Carnival in downtown Live Oak.

LIVE OAK — The Live Oak Community Redevelopment Agency and the Live Oak Police Department’s Candy Carnival will be held Thursday from 6-9 p.m. in downtown Live Oak.

“We aim to provide parents a convenient Trick-or-Treat experience to share with their children,” LOPD Sgt. Thomas Faller said. “We hope the activities and amusements offered, as well as the enormous amounts of candy, will satisfy families’ desire to costume and congregate on Halloween night, while ending the night early to be bright for school the next day.”

The Candy Carnival will feature the band Rebellion performing on the stage in Millennium Park, as well as community and business booths that will include carnival-style games.

For the first time, the Candy Carnival will also include a costume contest for children up to 15 years of age, sponsored by Jacobs Engineering. There are prizes in four age divisions worth up to $400. Judging for the costume begins at 7 p.m. at the Millennium Park stage. Registration for the contest will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the stage. Pre-registration is available by emailing Gabrielle Redfern, the CRA executive director, with the contestant’s name and age at

“We hope the community will come out and support this event, then take their children home and put them to bed,” City Manager Ron Williams said with a laugh. “I know the police and sheriff’s departments will appreciate an early night as well.”

Key Club Haunted House

The Suwannee High School Key Club's haunted house is also scheduled for Thursday night from 6-9 p.m.

The haunted house takes place at the Suwannee County fairgrounds. There is a $2 entry fee.

For more information on the haunted house, call Monja Slater at 386-249-9432 or Karen Williams at 386-590-0498.

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