Seligman announces holiday events

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Trunk or Treat, Shop with a Cop on tap

The City of Seligman is gearing up for the holiday season, and two events in particular will take center stage.

The city will host its annual "Trunk or Treat" event on Oct. 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at city hall. Once again, city staff, the Seligman Police Department and local businesses will delight area children with candy, some pretty spooky surroundings and goody grab bags.

The event is open to the public, and features a walk-through-style, indoor venue where children go through a decorated passageway to collect candy from various vendors dressed in costumes.

"The police chief has invited all the area businesses to set up a table and pass out candy to kids," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. "Harp's said they would come down and set up a table, too. Several businesses have already pledged to attend, and we have more room if other business would like to participate.

The family-friendly event is not only fun for children, but also gives parents peace of mind.

"This is a safe place for families to trick or treat," Nichols said.

Each year, the event has seen a great turnout, and the city is gearing up for an even bigger event this year.

"Last year, we went through about 150 bags," Nichols said. "I think we went to the store for more candy twice, so we're definitely going to stockpile the candy this year. We bought more Halloween decor, and will be getting the fog rolling and hopefully not scare anyone too bad. Anyone who wants to attend is welcome."

There will also be giveaways and fun events like bobbing for apples.

As for keeping children safe if they choose to trick or treat door to door, city officials confirmed the ordinance pertaining to sex offenders was passed, which requires sex offenders to leave their porch lights off and post a sign stating, "No candy here," on Halloween.

"It [the city ordinance] gives my officers, and myself, a way to enforce it," said Terry Burgess, Seligman chief of police. "Our goal is to prevent problems before they happen, so I'll make sure all registered sex offenders in town abide by the ordinance."

Also in the works is the city's annual Shop with a Cop Christmas program. The Seligman Police Department is now accepting donations from area businesses and anyone who wants to contribute.

The program, which is coordinated by Burgess, allows underprivileged children to shop for Christmas presents with a police officer. Last year, the program took in more than double the amount of expected donations, putting even more dollars into the hands of each child to spend -- much to their delight -- than it originally planned.

"Last year, we raised over $8,500, and took 35 kids Christmas shopping," Burgess said. "We would like to out-do last year and take more kids shopping."

The program also uses donations to purchase each child a winter coat, hat and gloves, and takes the children out to eat for lunch the day of the event.

Donations can be mailed to 29144 Main Street, Seligman, MO, 65745; Attn: "Shop with a Cop," or made in person at city hall or Freedom Bank in Seligman or Cassville under the Seligman Shop with a Cop account.

Applications for participants will be open from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, and will be available at Seligman City Hall. This year, applications will be open to any child 12 or younger who lives in or around Seligman. For information, people may contact Burgess at 417-662-3600 or 417-342-8462.

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