Chewbacca (Brady Jones) befriended a Storm Trooper (Carter Crubaugh) during Halloween trick-or-treating last year.

Halloween creeps into downtown Murphy

   Murphy – Superheroes, vampires and returning Jedi will become common sights next Tuesday, when children dressed in colorful costumes will fill their bags with treats – no tricks needed – during downtown’s annual Halloween celebration.
   The Murphy Police Department will close off certain intersections at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, rain or shine. These intersections include Valley River Avenue at Hill Street, Valley River Avenue at Maple Street, Valley River Avenue at Pleasant Valley Road, Duke Street at Sunrise Street, and Carrington Street at Sunrise Street.
   Murphy Police Chief Justin Jacobs said people should still remain cautious when trick-or-treating by using all available crosswalks and sidewalks. Law enforcement officers will be posted at the intersection of Valley
   River Avenue at Hill Street to assist anyone crossing the roadway.
   Jacobs advises parents to have pre-designated places or areas to meet their children in the event they get separated. He also encourages parents to check the State Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender Registry at http://sexoffender.ncsbi.gov to find out which Cherokee County homes you may want to avoid.
   “We want to make sure that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween,” Jacobs said.
   Many downtown shops and restaurants – including Curiosity Shop Bookstore, The Daily Grind & Wine, Marketplace Antiques and ShoeBootie’s Cafe – will stay open beyond closing time to hand out candy and welcome customers.
   “No matter how much candy we have, we always run out because there’s tons of kids,” ShoeBooties Cafe host Nancy Mills said. “It’s a fun time.”
   Murphy’s beloved Halloween witch, Katie Kate, will return to the Curiosity Shop with more cackling and vibrant orange attire.
   “The kids really like it,” bookstore owner Kerry Archer said. “It’s always a busy night here on Halloween. As long as there are trick-or-treaters, we’ll be here.”
   The Murphy Art Center will open its doors to everyone during Halloween. Cherokee County Arts Council and Valley River Art Guild members will don their costumes, serving candy and non-candy options to kids. Children wearing the most creative costumes will be awarded with a free horror movie poster.
   Staying open until the festivities wind down, the MAC will play spooky movies inside on a large screen.
   Cherokee County United Methodist Men will pass out candy in downtown for the 11th year. Journey Church also will shine a spiritual presence in town with music, concessions and candy at 6 p.m. outside of Entegra Bank.
   Peachtree United Methodist and Shepherd of the Mountains churches will hold trunk-or-treat events at their respective locations. People can expect food, candy, games and fellowship. Peachtree’s celebration will take place from 6-8 p.m., while Shepherd of the Mountains’ event is from 5-8 p.m.
   Broken Shells Ministry will hold a “Victory Over Darkness” service from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. And as the festivities wind down Tuesday, Chevelles 66 will turn up the volume at 9 p.m. with a live rock concert by The Sexy Beasts.