It's going to be a spooktacular Halloween in the Monett area with plenty of haunted hayrides, trick-or-treating and ghoulishly good times for young and old alike.
This year's annual costume contest kicks off at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 at Monett City Hall.
Sponsored by The Monett Times and the Monett Lions Club, this annual event features five children's categories and one adult category for best costumes.
The divisions are: age 1 nd under; 2 to 3 years; 4 to 5 years; 6 to 8 years; 9 to 12 years; and age 13 and over for the adult division. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in each division.
There is no registration required for the event.
The Monett Times will provide goodie bags for all participants. The top three winners in each division will have their photo taken for publication in the newspaper.
Trunk or Treat
Monett area churches have teamed up with the YMCA for the fourth annual "Trunk or Treat," taking place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church of Monett, located at 1600 N. Central.
The event is free to children, and organizers urge "family-friendly" costuming and trunk themes.
Children will have the opportunity to go from trunk to trunk for their treats. Children can also play on a variety of inflatable toys, provided by the YMCA, and participate in games. Hayrides, hot dogs, popcorn, cookies and candy will also be available for those attending.
In the event of inclement weather, the festivities will be held inside the church.
The First Christian Church of Monett will also host a "Trunk or Treat" event from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31.
Activities include hot dogs for the first 400 people, a hayride and YMCA inflatable fun. The church is located at 603 Fourth St. in Monett.
The Monett Jaycees are offering the brave of heart a haunted hayride beginning at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 at the Tom Wolfe Memorial Post #4207, west of Monett on Highway 60.
Jaycees will perform a re-enactment of the journey made by Civil War brides who traveled to the area searching for their wounded husbands following the Battle of Wilson's Creek.
Organizers of the event reported hearing eerie sounds, strange lights and shifting objects while planning and setting up the activities for this year's festivities.
Tickets for the haunted hayride are $7 for those 12 years of age and older and $5 for younger riders.
Proceeds will be used to fund upcoming projects for the Jaycees and the VFW.
The Verona Corn Maize is winding up its 13th season this weekend with the "Field of Screams," open from dusk until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evening.
Cost of admission is $8 for those 12 and older and $4 for children 5 to 11. Children 4 and younger are admitted free of charge. Active service and military veterans are allowed in free of charge with appropriate identification.
Proceeds from the Maize benefit the GRIP Boys Home in Verona.
Trunk or Treat
in Pierce City
The First Baptist Church at Pierce City is also hosting a "Trunk or Treat" event. Hours are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the First Baptist Church parking lot, located at 21819 Missouri 97, north of Pierce City.
This year, guys and ghouls will be treated to hot dogs, popcorn or candy at this free, family-friendly event.
The Harold Bell Wright Museum will be hosting "A Night At The Museum" from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. Historic Pierce City figures may "come to life" in sharing past stories about the town. The museum is located at 404 N. Walnut in Pierce City.