Trick Or Treat: Halloween Happenings In Rim Country


Tigers and fairies, mummies and cowboys can fill their trick-or-treat bags, courtesy of Payson Parks and Recreation Department, at its annual Trunk or Treat event on Halloween night.

The event for children through age 12 will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the North Rumsey Park field.

"We are full with 24 merchants in addition to Parks and Rec handing out candy," said recreation coordinator Holly Aungst.

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department ordered a couple of thousand dollars worth of Reese's, Fun Dips, Hot Tamales and other kinds of candy for the evening.

Rim County Optimist Club will host a free hot dog and hot chocolate concession.

Three costumed children in each age category will win prizes for the best Halloween disguise. The age categories are: 0 to 3, 4 to 9 and 10 to 12.

Little cowgirls and Supermen will be able to pit themselves against each other in a tug of war, play ring toss and color a picture in the coloring booth. A fortuneteller will also be adding to the fun of the event. A firetruck will be on display and Lifestar is going to be handing out candy from one of its ambulances.

"Parents are appreciated on site," Aungst said.

The parking at Taylor Pool will be closest to the event.

Aungst suggests parents and children do not need to line up ahead of time in anticipation of running out of candy.

"We are stacked to the ceiling with candy at the office. There will be plenty for everyone," she said.

Halloween Happenings:

Moose Lodge Halloween Party Oct. 28

A "Boo Moose" Halloween Party for local children will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Greater Payson Moose Lodge in Star Valley. There will be a costume contest, candy, hot dogs and prizes. Call 474-6212 for further information.

Halloween fun at library

There will be a special showing of the movie, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" at 10 a.m. Halloween morning, Oct. 31, followed by a costume parade and trick-or-treating at the Payson Public Library. Costumes are optional. This event is open to preschoolers 3 to 5 years of age. Sign up at the library or call (928) 474-9260 by noon Oct. 30.

House of the Mad Scientist Oct. 30-31

This Halloween, come to the House of the Mad Scientist. This interactive maze, fun house and hayride is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 30 and 31, at Payson First Assembly of God, the church in Green Valley Park. For more information or free tickets, call 474-2302 or visit us at

Free Halloween event Oct. 31

A free, community Halloween event for children will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Tonto Apache Gym. This safe and fun event will feature a haunted house, scary maze, games and refreshments. Businesses are asked to join the Tonto Apache Tribe in donating material and candy to ensure a fun Halloween for local children.

Payson's Trunk or Treat Oct. 31

The annual Trunk or Treat event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the North Multipurpose Field parking lot at Rumsey Park on North McLane Road. Costumed community organizations and volunteers will distribute candy from their vehicles. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and car decorations. There will also be music, raffles and games. Admission is free.

Fall Festival

The public is invited to attend Fall Festival activities Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. enjoy a chili cook-off, chili and hot dogs, fun carnival; at 6 p.m. there will be a show for children presented by Richard Haddad;

Trunk or Treat from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Come and enjoy a fun-filled evening with your kids.

Harvest Festival Oct. 31

A Harvest Festival will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway. There will be game booths, a cake walk, costume judging and entertainment. The Solid Rock Cafe will be open for your dining pleasure. Bring the kids to a safe environment where they can win prizes and have a great time. There will be things for the adults as well. Everyone is invited.

Hallelujah Night Oct. 31

The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship is sponsoring a Hallelujah Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Payson Elementary School. There will be games, a free gift, cotton candy, popcorn, a chili contest and lots of candy. For the older kids, we have a jousting area, glow-in-the-dark volleyball, music and other games. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call (928) 468-0801.

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