The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Trick-or-Treat Around the Square event at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31.
"This is a great trick-or-treat option for families in our area," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "Chief of Police Dana Kammerlohr and her staff will block off traffic to ensure our kids are safe, and local businesses will be providing the treats, so we know they will be safe as well.
"The chamber, the business community and local law enforcement work together to make sure this is a fun and safe Halloween activity for all those involved," said Artherton.
Kammerlohr will lead the Halloween parade of trick-or-treaters, which will begin at the chamber parking lot located behind the chamber office at 504 Main St. Merchants will not distribute candy until Kammerlohr passes their businesses. Parents are asked to accompany their children around the square.
"Those attending the parade should show their appreciation to the businesses for making this event possible," said Artherton. "This is an extra expense for our partnering businesses, but they are happy to participate to support our community and kids.
"We hope those that decide to join us will be patient," said Artherton. "There will be a crowd, and we will work as quickly and as efficiently as possible to get people in line and to start the parade at 3:30 p.m."
Local businesses and organizations participating in this year's Trick-or-Treat event include: All Tangled Up; Barry County Abstract and Title; Barry-Lawrence Regional Library; the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce; the Cassville Democrat; the Cassville United Methodist Church; the Cassville YMCA; Clell Wade Coach's Directory; Commerce Bank; Ellis, Cupps and Cole; Forever Yours Embroidery; Gussied Up Boutique.
Law Offices of James LeCompte; Law Office of John Lewright; Lopez Fitness; Montz Chiropractic Office; Neill's Home Store; Promised Land Zoo; Sater's Pharmacy; Security Abstract and Title; Smith's Clothing; State Farm Insurance; The Computer Shoppe; Tom W. Cardin, Attorney; Tomblin's Jewelry and Gifts; Westco; Whitley Pharmacy; and Willis Insurance.
Freedom Bank, First State Bank, Security Bank, Dave Divers Accounting and Walmart have donated candy to be distributed at this year's event.
The Cassville Rotary Club will hold their annual costume contest during the parade.
Sonic will offer 50-cent corndogs on Halloween from 5 p.m. to close.
For more information, call the chamber office at 847-2814.