For a night of fright
Where can children gather Halloween candy this year?
Across the country, children are suiting up for a night of fright, candy and spooky fun.
A number of local events are planned to help families celebrate the holiday safely.
Cassville, Oct. 30, Halloween Eve
The Corinth Church, located at 11453 Hwy. AA in Cassville, is starting the festivities a little early, on Oct. 30 from 6-8 p.m.
Hilary Thomas, member of Corinth Church, said it will be a trunk or treat event outside, unless it rains, then it will be moved indoors to the gym.
“We are doing it rain or shine,” she said. “This is the first time we are doing the traditional trunk or treat. Last year, we did a harvest festival, but it kind of just transitioned into this because we can reach more of the community this way.”
Approximately 250 children and families went to the event last year, and they are planning for nearly 400 this year.
“When I was younger we did the traditional house-to-house trick or treating,” Thomas said. “But now, I have small children, and I don’t always feel comfortable sending them out like that. I prefer this type of event.”
The church wants to offer a safe place for children and families to go.
“Halloween isn’t always just scary and spooky,” she said. “It can be a fun time for the community, too.”
Cassville, Halloween night
On Halloween night 6-8 p.m., children can head to the First Christian Church, located at 905 Old Exeter Road in Cassville, for an indoor trunk or treat.
Polly Thompson, church event coordinator, said the church always does it indoors because that works the best.
“We gear it for younger children, sixth grade and younger,” she said. “Right now, we have about 15 booths that will have lots of candy and other giveaways.”
The church will be giving out free hotdogs to everyone, as well.
“It is on Halloween, but we ask not to have scary or gory costumes because it is for younger children,” she said. “We don’t usually have a problem with that, and none of our booths will be scary either.”
The First Christian Church has been hosting a trunk or treat event for about nine years.
“It is a safe place for children and parents to hang out for the night,” Thompson said. “Last year, we saw about 400 children, this year we are planning for 500.”
Pastor Chuck Terrill will be at the event to talk to people in the community about himself, the church and what the church does in the community.
Exeter, Halloween night
From 6-8 p.m. at the Exeter Community Center, families can join area churches in a trunk or treat.
Randy Comer, Calvary Church pastor, said it will be at the Exeter Community Center, so that if the weather is bad, it can be moved indoors.
“Most of the Exeter churches came together on this event,” he said. “We won’t do anything scary, just a fun family event.”
There will also be free soup and chili available to anyone who shows up.
“This is my first year as pastor, so I’m not sure how long this has been done or how many people show up usually,” Comer said. “A lot of people have plans for Halloween night, but we hope to see the children of Exeter and their parents.”
Wheaton, Halloween night
On Main Street in Wheaton from 6-8 p.m., children and families can enjoy a fun trunk or treat event.
Scott Mitchell, Solid Rock pastor, said he has heard of at least three hosts that will be participating, but it is open to anyone to join.
“We don’t want any scary themes, and we appreciate a biblical theme,” he said. “This is the second year we have done this, but last year, we did it at the church and filled up the parking lot.”
Last year, the event was canceled due to weather.
“It all depends on how the weather is this year,” he said. “We will have a contest for things like the best dressed participants.
“Events like this offer a safe place for children to go and have some fun on Halloween night where they can be supervised by adults.”
Washburn, Halloween night
The Peoples Community Bank in Washburn is hosting a trunk or treat event on Halloween night for the community.
Etta Tull, Peoples Community Bank teller, said the event will start at 5:30 p.m., but she asks that people show up to set up their booths by 5.
“So far, we have about six people signed up,” she said. “But, this is the third year we have done it and some people just show up and set up.”
The bank wanted children to have a safe environment to have fun on Halloween.
“We are a farming community,” she said. “So, there aren’t a lot of houses close together for children to go door to door. This offers them a place to go.”
Last year, although it was raining, the event saw about 75 children and families.
“The year before that, we had 150 children,” she said. “Also, on Halloween day we go to the grade school and hand out candy to the school children.”
Seligman, Halloween night
At Seligman city hall from 4:30-7 p.m., children and families can go to the spook house-themed indoor event.
Kari Short, Seligman deputy clerk, said this is the fifth year for the event.
“It will be exactly the same that it was last year,” she said. “It is indoors and decorated like a spook house that children walk through to get candy.”
The police department, city employees and the mayor work together to make the event work.
“We have made 250 goodie-bags with coloring books, some halloween rings and vampire teeth for the children,” she said. “There are 14 businesses that have provided candy.”