There are costume contests around, if not every corner, many corners in the Rim Country from now until All Hallow's Eve.
Revelers will get their chance to win a prize or just have fun at the Oxbow Saloon, the Mazatzal Casino, off the Beeline in Pine, the Main Street Grille, the Swiss Village Shops and the Rimside Grill.
There is a Fall Festival with games at the Pine-Strawberry School and a haunted house at the Studio Theatre to give you screams of laughter or fright.
Come in costume or just look
The skeleton and black horse at the Oxbow this weekend are not a cowboy and his mount from yesteryear.
There are part of the Halloween décor.
Friday, Oct. 26 is the costume party and contest.
Manager Terry Straughn said she is lining up six to eight unbiased judges and at midnight, prizes will be awarded. First place is $500, second is $250 and third is $100.
The cover charge Friday night is $5.
The Oxbow would like people to bring their already-carved pumpkins in to be displayed and judged by customers, Thursday through Saturday.
At midnight on Saturday, the person who carved the best pumpkin will win $300. (Must be present to win.)
The cover charge Saturday is $3.
Gibson and Fitch will be playing country music both evenings.
The Oxbow plans special drinks and drinks specials just for the Halloween weekend and food from the grill will be available.
The Main Street Grille in Payson is in for a "howlin' good time on a full moon Roctober night," said John Carpino.
John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos will play at 7 p.m. on the patio.
"Bring your costumes and your dancing shoes," Carpino said.
The Mazatzal Mansion (Casino) is hosting a dance and costume contest.
The doors open at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27 and over $3,000 in prizes will go home in the pockets of the best-costumed adults.
Tickets are available at the gift shop inside the casino.
Saturday, Oct. 27, employees of the Rimside Grill in Pine will be dressed up for Halloween.
There will be ghoulish drinks and food specials, according to a press release from the Grill.
Customers are encouraged to vote on their favorite employee costume.
Octoberfest at the Swiss Village Shops in Payson is a family event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27.
Participating merchants have a host of activities, sales and contests for families to take advantage.
There will be games, hayrides and make-it-take-it projects, including mini pumpkin painting.
Kiwanis are bringing their brat mobile.
Teens from Future Farmers of America program will bring a petting zoo.
There will even be a "fish" pond.
DJ Craig will bring on the tunes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Trick or treat
Need an early trick or treat?
Find it at Swiss Village.
Bring your already carved pumpkin from home by 10:30 a.m. and enter it in the carved pumpkin contest.
Anyone who wants to win a prize for their Halloween costume may sign up for the contest at 11 a.m. Judging is at Noon.
The Early Ford Club will have cars on display.
Payson Humane Society will have a pet adoption booth.
"This is our second annual Octoberfest, come and have fun," invited Marilyn Dedman, owner of Payson Florist and Gifts.
Annual festival at Pine-Strawberry School
A mere 50 cents buys participants the chance to toss a pingpong ball into a bowl and win a goldfish.
Pine-Strawberry seventh- and eighth- grade students have spent many afternoons planning and organizing events for the school's Eighteenth Annual Festival.
Each of the 40 or so students partnered up and came up with ideas for activities.
The goldfish toss has been around since the beginning , teacher Eileen Hayes said.
The skeeball machine that was built for the event by a student several years ago will be in operation.
There will be a cake walk, a bucking bronco, a bounce house and more activities.
New this year is a petting zoo with bunnies and goats.
"There is also going to be a chicken chase, where kids chase a chicken and the one who catches it gets a prize," eighth-grade student Sarah Davis said.
Davis said she is looking forward to the goldfish toss and the bucking bronco.
Tickets are 50 cents each and participants need one to three tickets each booth or activity.
A barbecue dinner is available for $5.
The festival is from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gym at the P-S School in Pine.
Haunted house at PHS
Guests of the Haunted House at Payson High School will experience scariness suitable to their age.
A drama student disguised as a guide will take each group through a variety of themed rooms, each with its own nature of scariness, drama teacher Kathy Siler said.
The haunted House is in the Studio Theatre behind the high school auditorium.
Admission is $2 or two items of nonperishable that the drama students will collect and donate to a local charity, as part of their food drive.
The Haunted House is open from 7 to 10 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 29 to 31.