Get in the spirit of the spooky season

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I love Halloween. It is the one time of year when we can all be a little spooky and get away with it. We can dress up in crazy costumes and decorate our houses with spiderwebs, ghosts, jack-o-lanterns and witches. We can play creepy music, and just act a tiny bit crazy, all in the name of Halloween. This year, in the days leading up to Halloween, area community members will have the opportunity to take part in two wonderful new spooky events -- Thrill The World and Trick-Or-Treat So Others Can Eat.

On Saturday, a group of volunteer zombies will come together on the downtown square in Cassville to take part in Thrill The World, an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Over the last few weeks, volunteer dancers have been working hard to memorize the Thrill The World choreography. They have also been putting together costumes and gathering makeup ideas for the event, which will take place at 2 p.m. Thrill The World was founded as a creative way to inspire people to dance. Today, as more people are becoming less active, the event uses one of the world's most popular pop songs to inspire community members to get up and move. Since 2006, Thrill The World has also evolved into a way for communities to raise funds for charities and non-profit groups. At this time, the local performance is not being used as a fundraiser, but it will still be a lot of fun.

Another spooky new addition to local fall activities is Trick-Or-Treat So Others Can Eat, which will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30. During this event, Cassville High School FBLA, FCCLA, FFA and TSA members will trick-or-treat in Cassville neighborhoods to collect non-perishable food items for area food pantries. Local community members are encouraged to keep their porch lights on during the event and donate an item or two to the effort. Students will be dressed in costumes and wear name tags so that community members recognize them. Some of the most needed food items include: boxed and canned meals; canned meats; canned fruits and vegetables; pasta; spaghetti sauces; peanut butter; jelly; kitchen staples; and condiments. Cassville High School students hope to collect at least 1,000 pounds of food for area pantries during the event.

Join the local Thrill the World volunteers by taking part in the final practice at the Cassville YMCA from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday night or just plan to watch the performance on the square in Cassville this Saturday. Keep your porch light on and donate a couple of canned goods or a whole bag of nonperishable food items to Trick-Or-Treat So Others Can Eat next Tuesday. Both events are great ways to get in the spirit of the spooky season.

Lindsay Reed