Over the next two weeks, local businesses and organizations will hold a variety of activities in celebration of Halloween.
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Halloween Costume Parade at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Participants are invited to gather at the chamber parking lot, which is located at 504 Main Street in Cassville.
Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr will lead the parade. Costume parade participants must be under the age of 12, and children must be accompanied by an adult.
The parade will leave the chamber parking lot, travel around the downtown square and end on West Street in front of the Cassville First Baptist Church. The first 1,000 children, under the age of 12, will receive a goody bag upon completion of the parade.
Due to safety concerns, children will not cross Main Street and will not stop at each business along the way.
"We are excited about the Halloween Parade," said Gary Whyte, chamber president. "I think the new changes with the candy at the end of the parade will make things go smoother and safer for all the little ones showing off their costumes."
The Cassville Rotary Club will hold a costume contest during the parade. Rotary members will award 20 $5 prizes to contest winners. Rotarians traditionally look for original and homemade costumes.
"We greatly appreciate the support of our sponsoring businesses that are making this event possible," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "We recognize this event is a significant expense to our business community, and we appreciate their continued support. Without the support of our sponsors, this event would not exist."
The following businesses are sponsoring this year's Halloween Parade: Angel and Company CPAs and PC; Barry County Abstract and Title; Barry Electric; the Cassville Democrat; Cassville Friends of the Library; Cassville Health Care and Rehab; Cassville YMCA; the City of Cassville; Commerce Bank; Dr. Assing; Ellis, Cupps and Cole; the First Baptist Church Family Life Center; First State Bank; Forever Yours Embroidery; Freedom Bank; Gussied Up Boutique.
Herrin Animal Hospital; Jim LeCompte, attorney; John Lewright, attorney; Promised Land Zoo; Sater Pharmacy; Security Abstract and Title; Security Bank; State Farm Insurance; Subway; The BBQ Station; Tom Cardin, attorney; Tomblin's Jewelry and Gifts; Towneley Furnishings; Westco Home Furnishing; Whitley Pharmacy; and Willis Insurance.
Trail of Treats
Red Rose Health and Rehab, located at 812 Old Exeter Road in Cassville, will offer Trail of Treats from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. All area children are invited to attend the event.
Wheaton Fall Festival
The Wheaton Historical Society will hold its annual Fall Festival in the Wheaton City Park on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The event will offer a variety of activities for children and adults, including a costume contest with cash prizes.
Homemade chili, chili dogs and hot and cold drinks will be available during the festival. Mike England, of Wheaton, will offer free train rides, and treats will be distributed to all children who attend the event.
The festival will also offer an auction and free games for children.
L&S Grocery, of Wheaton, will co-sponsor the event.
Seligman Spook Trail
The Seligman Fire Protection District will offer the annual Seligman Spook Trail from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 19, Saturday, Oct. 20, Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27. Admission is $5. Children under the age of 5 will be admitted at no cost.
Exeter Corn Maze
and Haunted Barn
The Exeter Corn Maze and Haunted Barn, located off of Highway MM approximately three miles south of Exeter, offers an eight-acre maze designed to include five unique mini mazes, a haunted barn and a variety of other activities for children and adults.
Entertainment includes a pumpkin patch, corn and pumpkin cannons, a cow train, a zip line, a bounce area, hayrides, playground activities, a hay mountain and a crafts area.
The maze and games area are open from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Haunting hours are from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. During haunting hours the haunted barn is open and the corn maze is spooked. Haunting hours will also be offered from 7 to 11 p.m. on Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31.
For more information, visit exetercornmaze.com.