Many options available for those looking to celebrate
AREA -- Halloween this year falls on Monday and all communities in Oregon County -- Alton, Koshkonong, Myrtle and Thayer, as well as Mammoth Spring, Ark., will observe Halloween Oct. 31.
In all communities the time for trick-or-treating will be dusk to dark, city officials said.
Parents are asked to take their children only to homes with lights on.
Besides trick-or-treating, other Halloween activities are taking place around the area.
ALTON -- The city of Alton will hold their first ever Trunk-or-Treat Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The event will take place on the town square. Those wanting to participate are asked to bring a non-perishable food item. Each food item will equal five tickets. The tickets can be used for purchases during the evening. There will be three rides at the event, a moonwalk, slide and bungee. Each ride will cost two tickets. There will also be snacks that can be purchased with the tickets. One ticket will buy a hot dog, chips, popcorn or soda.
Free games are planned for the evening. Games include pumpkin carving, ring toss, balloon flying, fishing for prizes, bobbing for apples, face painting and a duck pond.
A vehicle trunk decorating contest will be held that night. Residents are invited to park their vehicles on the square, decorate the trunks of the vehicles and hand out candy to children. Anyone wanting to participate in the trunk decorating contest should call Sherry Fohey at 417-778-1773 or Jan Shields at 417-778-7373 to reserve a parking place.
MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Mammoth Spring VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Post 7831 will hold a Halloween party Oct. 27 at the VFW post on Highway 9 south of Mammoth Spring. The party will start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.
All children in the area are invited. There will also be games and refreshments.
The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce will hold its second annual Spooktacular Oct. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m on Main Street in the city. Merchants downtown will be open that evening for trick-or-treating.
K-Kountry 95 will hold a costume contest, a jack-o'-lantern contest (pumpkins should already be carved or decorated) and a street dance.
The Repertory Theater of the Ozarks and Mustang Amusements will provide a haunted train ride. Mustang Amusements will have other activities as well.
There will be a silent auction, games, prizes, fortune telling, food vendors and more.
Booth spaces are $10 for school groups and $15 for all others. Electricity at a booth is $5 extra. For more information or to reserve a booth contact Stacey Mullins or Stephanie Pierce at Mammoth Spring State Park at 870-625-7364. Admission to the Spooktacular is free.
THAYER -- St. Paul United Methodist Church in Thayer will hold a Trunk-or-Treat Night Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Residents are invited to park in the circle of the church parking lot and decorate the trunks of their vehicles and hand out candy to children.
A Fall Fest will be held at the Christian Activity Center Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The center is located at 420 Chestnut Street. Attendees are asked to bring canned goods for the Oregon County Food Pantry and receive a prize. Everyone is welcome. Games are for children in the 6th grade and under. Children are asked to dress as their favorite Bible characters.
To ensure a safe and happy Halloween Thayer Police Chief Gene Hatman said his department offers these safety tips:
* Trick or treat with friends.
* Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
* Make sure the child's costume fits well and wear face makeup instead of a mask for better vision.
Hatman said, "Children need to wait until they get home to sample their goods. Mom or Dad need to go over every treat received to make sure it is safe."