Area residents have a full slate of Halloween activities to choose from this week with spook trails, parades and other fall gatherings planned throughout Barry County.
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual "Halloween Around the Square" on Friday, Oct. 31 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Downtown merchants will participate by handing out treats at their stores during the event. Cassville Rotarians will also be present giving away 20 $5 bills to "best dressed" winners during the event.
Small children should be accompanied around the square by an adult. Chamber officials ask that adults not wear masks during the parade.
Children should assemble in the Hutchens Construction parking lot on Main Street where they will be met by Cassville Police Chief Lonnie McCullough who will lead them around the downtown area. Merchants are asked to refrain from giving out treats until Officer McCullough arrives.
Merchants who are participating in this year's Halloween Around the Square event include: State Farm Insurance; Cassville Demo-crat; Chez Notre; Brad Taylor, CPA; Tomblin's Jewelry & Gifts; Barry County Abstract & Title; Smith Clothing; Westco; Clell Wade Coaches Directory; Commerce Bank; Ellis, Cupps, and Cole; Montz Chiropractor & Massage; Security Abstract & Title; Jim LeCompte, attorney; Willis Insurance, Inc.; Tom Cardin, attorney; Sater Pharmacy; Edward D. Jones Co.; Neill's Home Store; Whitley Pharmacy; Barry County officials and employees; J & L Hair Fashions; Williamson's Jewelry; Aunt Kathy's Cookies; Cassville YMCA; Asbury Land Title; Images Salon; Herrin Animal Hospital; and Benton CPA.
Dr. Dale Assing, Security Bank, Pizza Hut, Walmart, Dave Divers Accounting, Freedom Bank, First State Bank and Penmac will donate treats to be distributed at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce offices.
"Drivers are also encouraged to be patient during the Halloween parade and to expect delays," said Amy White, chamber executive director.
For more information about the event, call the Cassville chamber office at 847-2814.
* The Seligman Fire Protection District will host the last night of its annual Spook Trail from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 31. The trail is located on State Line Road west of Seligman. Admission is $5 per person. Children under 5 are admitted free. All proceeds from the event benefit the fire department. For more information, call Mary Scannell at 417-662-3635.
* All Faith United Methodist Church in Eagle Rock will hold a fall carnival with games, prizes, hotdogs and drinks on Friday, Oct. 31 beginning at 4:30 p.m. "Trunk or treating" will begin at 6:30 p.m. All area youngsters are invited to attend.
* The Wheaton Historical Society will hold its second annual Fall Festival fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 31 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Wheaton City Park. The event will include a costume contest with cash prizes, a 50/50 drawing, a pie auction, hay wagon rides, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing, karaoke, a bonfire and free candy bags for children. Chili prepared by the Wheaton Smoking Dogs Cooking Team will also be served. For more information about the Fall Festival, call Donna Youngblood at 417-652-3165.
* Red Rose Inn of Cassville will host its annual Trail of Treats from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. All area youngsters are invited to attend this free event.