Halloween falls on a weekend this year. Because the occasion falls on a Sunday, different dates are planned for a wide range of events to celebrate the year's biggest day for costuming fun.
The Monett Jaycees will open their second annual Haunted House on Oct. 21 and have it open for guests Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week and the following weekend. The house, located across the street from Schreiber Foods at Dairy and Central, will open at 6 p.m. each night. The first hour will be a no-scare session for younger participants.
Admission will be $5 for those age 13 and up and $3 for children 12 and under. The house will be open nightly until 10 p.m., weather permitting.
Monett costume contest
|As a special feature, a carved pumpkin contest will be held for the best entries brought in on Oct. 23 before 5 p.m. There will be no age limit for contestants.||Monett will again host a community costume contest, sponsored for the second consecutive year by The Monett Times. The contest will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Monett City Hall Auditorium.|
There will be several age categories to give children the best opportunity to show off their apparel. Prizes will be awarded. The top three in each division will have their photo taken for publication.
General trick-or-treat activities in Monett will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Two trunk-or-treat operations will be available for young people. The First Christian Church and the First Baptist Church will team up to have a downtown trunk-or-treat for the inner city community.
Unity of Community will hold its trunk-or-treat at the First United Methodist Church for the third year. The effort will be a collaboration between the First United Methodist Church, the Monett Community Church, the Church of the Nazarene, Countryside Christian Church and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Also participating will be Blessings Books and Gifts and the Monett Area YMCA.
According to coordinator Charlene Dart, activities will include inflatables from the YMCA, a fun house, two continuous hayrides, refreshments, games and decorated trunks. Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) will also be on hand. There will be drawings for prizes throughout the evening.
In case of rain, the Unity of Community trunk-or-treat will be held Nov. 6.
A number of nearby communities are planning Halloween festivities as well.
The Corn MAiZE in Verona will be in operation on Wednesday and Friday, opening at 5 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 30, beginning at noon. The "haunted maize" will be in operation after dark, beginning around 7 p.m. The Haunted Trail Ride will be open as well. Regular features like courtyard games, hayrides, the movie ride and the Little Kernel corn rides will be offered each day with the price of admission.
In Purdy, a haunted house will be operating next to the post office. The house, sponsored by the Purdy High School senior class, will be accepting visitors beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Oct, 15, 16, 22 and 23. For Halloween weekend, guests will be admitted from 9 to 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 and 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 31.
In Mt. Vernon, the Great Pumpkin Halloween Egg Hunt will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25 at Underwood Spirit of '76 Park, hosted by the Mt. Vernon Parks and Recreation Department. The hunt is open to children 10 and under. There will be prizes, free hotdogs and hot chocolate for participants.
Mt. Vernon Place Care Center will invite children from the community to treat-or-treat with the facility's residents at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 30.
The Aurora Spooktacular will be held Friday, Oct. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. downtown. Participating businesses will offer candy for the children. At 6 p.m. a costume contest will be held on the third floor of the Aurora City Hall.
On Saturday, Oct. 30, Grace Lutheran Church at 1120 S. Park in Aurora, will host a trunk-or-treat from 5 to 8 p.m.
In Marionville, the Corpseville Haunted House will be open Oct. 15 through Oct. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m. The special haunted house is hosted by the Marionville Fire Department and the Fire Chicks. The house is located one block west of the square and will be identified with signs. Admission is $5 for those 18 and up and $3 for younger participants.