CANTON - Ghouls and goblins in the Canton area can mark their calendars.

During its meeting this week, the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce announced that the Canton Civic Club Halloween Parade will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the borough.

Amy Seeley, who is the chamber treasurer and presided over the meeting, said she will be contacting Canton Elementary School regarding the theme for the parade.

Each year, the classes at the school submit ideas for parade themes to the chamber, and the chamber picks one.

Past themes have included "Haunted Hollywood" and "A Hobo's Haunted Halloween."

In other business, the chamber discussed the possibility of window painting in the borough and the surrounding area.

The windows would be painted to mark local sporting events, such as Homecoming or the Old Shoe Game.

Already, several businesses have agreed to take part and let students from the Canton Area School District paint their windows.

In an effort to create a more patriotic look in the area, the chamber also wants to buy flagpole holders to be put on the buildings of businesses in the area, primarily in the borough. The chamber is seeking permission from the businesses to place them on the buildings so that the American Flag can be flown.

The VFW owns the flags and puts them out for patriotic holidays, but there are more flags now than there are flagpole holders on the streets. That's why the chamber wants to install the flagpole holders on the businesses.

Anyone wanting to have flagpole holder placed on their business should contact the chamber at (570) 364-2600 or call 673-5700.

The chamber agreed to donate $50 to the Endless Mountains Pregnancy Care Center for its annual banquet at 6 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the New Life Church along Route 14 north of Canton. Reservations are requested. For more information, call the center at (570) 673-4476.

This year, the theme of the banquet is the transforming, healing power of Jesus. There will be two life testimonies, according to the center. One of the talks will be about being conceived during rape and other is about healing after rape and abortion.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; e-mail: