Halloween and fall carnivals abound in coming days
From Staff Reports

Oct. 27, 2006 - It seems like you can't swing a dead pumpkin without hitting a Halloween or fall carnival these days. There's a full harvest of such parties and celebrations in Hopkins County beginning tonight, starting with the return of the Arbala Haunted Woods after a six years-plus hiatus, and culminating with several "trunk-or-treats" sponsored, ironically enough, by local churches on All Hallow's Eve. Here's a rundown:


Tonight

ARBALA HAUNTED WOODS:  The fun begins at the Arbala Community Center with dinner at 5 p.m., followed by hayrides and the haunted trail from dark until about midnight Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28. Cost: Dinner $5, trail ride and haunted woods $7 or both for $10 for adults; $3 dinner, $3 trail or $5 for both for children 10 years or less. Proceeds benefit the Venture Crew 2005 and Arbala Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets are available from any crew member or at the Community Center.

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL IN SULPHUR BLUFF: Sulphur Bluff school's Parent-Teacher Organization will host its annual carnival beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the serving of stew. Booths will open at 6 p.m., along with a cake walk, drawings and bingo. The carnival will be held at Sulphur Bluff school, located on FM 71 east.

SALTILLO FALL CARNIVAL: Saltillo ISD's Parent Teacher Organization also hosts the school's annual Fall Carnival beginning at 5:30 p.m. with stew, followed at 7 p.m. by the coronation of a king and queen for each of the following age groups: kindergarten-4th grade, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th. The carnival and bingo continue at 8 p.m. at Saltillo school, located at 150 County Road 3534.


Saturday

PUMPKIN PATCH CARNIVAL IN GREENPOND: Bring the family out to Greenpond Baptist Church, located at 1911 County Road 2324 in Como, for a free night of fellowship, food, fun and prizes during their free Pumpkin Patch Carnival. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be free, wholesome activities in a safe environment. Feel free to wear costumes if desired, but organizers ask nothing bloody or scary, please. Stew, candy, games, bounce house and more. Did we mention it’s free? Call 903-488-9143 to find out more.

HALLOWEEN ADOPTION AND PET TRUNK OR TREAT: Hearts of Life Animal Rescue & Adoption will hold a Halloween Adoption from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a Pet Trunk or Treat from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., both at Broadway Vet Clinic, 2019 S. Broadway St. A $65 adoption fee includes cost of spaying or neutering and all veterinarian costs for shots and testing for a dog or cat. Games and prizes offered. Bring pets in costume and a doggie bag. Call Karen Lopez at 903-243-6400 Halloween Adoption from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a Pet Trunk or Treat for more information.

FALL FESTIVAL NEAR YANTIS: White Oak Baptist Church will be hosting a Fall Festival from 4 p.m. until dark. Win prizes at bingo, a bounce house and giant slide, carnival games with prizes, hay rides and lots of candy. Stew and drinks will be served. Everything is free and everyone is invited. White Oak Baptist Church is located on FM 514, two miles west of Yantis. For more information call 903-383-2310.

HAUNTED WOODS IN ARBALA: Last night for the scray rides on the haunted trail and dinner at Arbala Community Center. Supper served at 5 p.m., with haunted trail open from dark until about midnight.


Tuesday (Halloween night)

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH'S ANNUAL TRUNK OR TREAT: This is usually the big one, THE goody giveaway of the years. It starts at the baseball field south of the church at 6 p.m. and continues for about two hours. The church sponsors the free event that has dozens of people setting up nifty displays and doling out free treats to any and all kids. There are also prizes given out (and generous church members are the ones who pay for almost everything out of their own pockets), not to mention free bibles. And be prepared for a long wait in line; it's an extremely popular event that brings out hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors.

TRUNK OR TREAT ON THE DOWNTOWN SQUARE: The first trunk or treat events in Sulphur Springs were held on the parking lot in front of the courthouse and surrounding parking ares. Our Savior Lutheran Church is bringing back that tradition by sponsoring their own Trunk or Treat on the downtown square from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

TRUNK OR TREAT IN BRASHEAR: Another trunk-or-treat event, this one from the friendly folks at Brashear Baptist Church, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the church's parking lot. Tasty goodies will be handed out to neighborhood children and any who want to attend. For more information, call 903-582-2334.

ALTERNATIVE CARNIVAL AT MORNING CHAPEL: Look for food, fellowship and fun aplently at this non-Halloween event on Halloween night. Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor this Alternative Carnival from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at 208 Fuller St. Cost is $2 for children and $3 for adults, but that's nothing — you can recoup that invest just by eating the homemade stew and chili, hot dogs, chili dogs, Frito chili pie and nachos.


There are also two other events of note, one at the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum in Commerce, the other at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler:

HALLOWEEN TOWN IN COMMERCE: Northeast Texas Children’s Museum, 2216 Live Oak St. in Commerce, IS holding Halloween Town 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The fund raiser includes a spooky tour and arcade games for scary prizes. Kids can also create ghostly crafts and trick or treat for candy. Admission: $3 per child; $2 per adult in addition to the regular admisssion of $5 per child ages 3-17 and $2 per adult. Children under 3 get in free. For more information visit the museum web page at ww.netxcm.org online or call 903-886-6055.

BOO AT THE ZOO: Caldwell Zoo invites everyone out to the 3rd annual “Boo at the Zoo” on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. “Boo at the Zoo” is described as "perfect for families with children ages 3-10 to come for a safe afternoon of fun" that includes a haunted house at the Uzuri Outpost, games like “ring-a-round the snake” and “pumpkin golf,” with candy and festive treats available at all stations around the zoo. Dress up as your favorite animal or in your favorite costume and bring your sweet tooth. And there's no charge, other than the regular admission of $3.50 for children ages 3-12, $6 for ages 13 to 54, and $5 for folks 55 and up. Children 2 years and younger get in free.

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