Where to go to get the candy

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Trick or Treating events scheduled in Barry County

The annual tradition of dressing up and going door-to-door on Halloween has changed a bit over the years, and while many children still knock on doors and grab candy from a bowl on Halloween night, many have come to prefer the Trunk or Treat option.

This year, due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), many families are wondering where they can take their children for some Halloween fun.

In Cassville, the festivities begin on Wednesday evening at the Corinth Baptist Church. From 6-8 p.m., the indoor Trunk or Treat event will be a spooky good time, and there will also be chili, soup and hotdogs for free.

Pastor Donnie Spears said the church hosts the event every year.

“We do Biblical-themed trunks,” he said. “This year, we have about 13 or 15 already signed up.”

The popular event drew in about 500 people last year.

“We would do it outside, but like last year, the weather got too cold,” he said. “We do have a large gymnasium and will be cleaning out a back room to spread out more.”

Masks are not required at the event, but people are encouraged to do what makes them comfortable.

“There will be a lot of people here,” Spears said. “So, just know it will get crowded inside.”

In Seligman, the annual spook house has been converted into a Trunk or Treat activity.

Mike Avers, Seligman mayor, said the event will be from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday night.

“Some businesses and residents have signed up to decorate their vehicles,” he said. “We are trying to be safe and still keep the children from walking around town and going door-to-door.”

Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk, said the city purchased about 12,000 pieces of candy for the Halloween event, which will be set up in the city hall parking lot.

The Calvary Baptist Church on Exeter will be setting up a Truck or Treat on Front Street in Exeter.

Pastor Randy Comer said the festivities will be on Halloween night from 6-8 p.m.

“We are calling it a Trunk or Tracks or Treat,” he said. “Because we are giving away Gospel tracks for both the adults and the children, as well as other treats.”

Comer said it means a lot to the church to put on an event like this for the children to have, and be safe.

“It is a safe place where the children can dress up and receive a treat,” he said. “It lets them know the people of the community love them and care about them.

“Nothing compares to the treat of knowing Christ as your lord and savior.”

Masks are not required, and this year, the event will be 100 percent outdoors.

“We hope the fresh air and distancing will be a safe environment,” Comer said.

In Wheaton, area churches have come together to offer a trunk or treat at the city park.

The event will start at 5 p.m. on Halloween night. No masks required.

Additionally, the Stella United Methodist Church will be hosting its own Halloween event on Halloween night.

The Purdy First Baptist Church will also host a drive-thru Trunk or Treat event, where children will get a pre-packaged bag of candy, on Saturday from 6-8 p.m.

One event that has been publicized has now been canceled. Due to rising COVID cases in the county, the Cassville Health Center is canceling its drive-thru event scheduled for Friday.

“We look forward to seeing all of you next year,” a press release said. “Thank you for your understanding. We hope you have a safe and happy Halloween.”

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