Halloween fun in the Rim Country begins Wednesday, Oct. 28 and continues on Oct. 29, Oct. 30 and the big day itself, Saturday, Oct. 31. Here are the events the Roundup has been alerted to:
Halloween Maze Party
There will be a Halloween Maze Party from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Tonto Apache gym. There is no admission, but donations of canned food for the needy will be welcomed.
The event will have free food and candy. To learn more, contact the Tonto Apache gym director Eric Pendleton at (928) 474-7093 or (928) 978-0575.
Dia de los Muertos
Rim Country families are invited to the Payson Public Library Thursday, Oct. 29 to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday that remembers friends and family who have died.
Children are sure to enjoy a bilingual story time and puppet play and have the opportunity to decorate their very own sugar skull.
The event is free to the public and will take place in the library meeting room at 4 p.m. Contact Harry or Harryette for more information at (928) 474-9260.
Also at the library, there will be a special event Oct. 30. Preschoolers are invited to attend in costume at 11 a.m. and older children can come in costume at 4:30 p.m. Call the above number to sign up.
Breast cancer research
Halloween weekend there will be some special treats at Safeway to help breast cancer research.
On Friday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., get some goodies for a great supper during the weekend. There will be green chile burritos and creamy chicken enchiladas for sale, plus a bake sale and gourmet candied apples.
On Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Payson Fire Department will be at Safeway filling the boot and handing out candy. Bring the youngsters down to check out the fire truck and get candy — it’s all for a good cause. There will also be a bake sale, gourmet candied apples and face painting.
Youth can haunt the skies
The Payson Regional Airport Authority will have free airplane orientation flights for youngsters 8 to 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 31.
The program is designed to introduce young people to the basics of flying. The orientation flights will be offered on a first-come, first-to-fly basis. Young people must be accompanied by one of their parents or a legal guardian to sign the permission slip that will allow them to fly. The pilots of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 810 Young Eagles Program of Payson sponsor the event. For more information go to the Web site www.eaa.org/youngeagles or call Marie at (928) 978-5139.
Time for Trunk or Treat
Witches and goblins looking for a place to enjoy Halloween night should look no further than the Town of Payson’s Trunk or Treat Festival on Historic Main Street near the Oxbow. Activities are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31.
A portion of Main Street from South McLane west to Oak Street will be closed starting at 4 p.m. for set up, to ensure a safe trick or treating experience.
New this year is a haunted house at the Oxbow Saloon, filled with a collection of resident spooks, goblins and scary surprises by the Payson High School Drama Department. For parents worried about bringing the little ones to this spooky gala, this is a family event and the “scariness” of the haunted house will be adjusted depending on the age of the children going through it.
Admission to the haunted house is $3 per person or $2 plus one can of food.
Trunk or booth space is $25. Booth space is 10-feet-by-10-feet, or use your car trunk as well. Participants may also display the name of their business on the trunk or booth. Trunk space is almost sold out, so hurry to claim a spot in the event.
To better accommodate your parking needs, the following places have space for parking:
Amity’s Acres behind the Oxbow (take South McLane off of Main Street and follow the signs); Green Valley Park; JRE School parking lot; Presbyterian Church on Main Street; Senior Center parking lot; Main Street parking lot at Westerly; street parking up and down Main Street; parking along Frontier Street. Visit www.paysonrimcountry.com (click on the “Trunk or Treat” button on the home page) for a detailed parking map.
For more information, contact Deb Rose at 474-5242, ext. 7, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. az.us. or go to paysonrimcountry.com
Halloween fun in Pine
Strawberry’s Elite, Rose Harper of Happy Jack Realty and The Rimside Grill are teaming up to sponsor Pine’s own version of Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 31. The party starts at 5 p.m. with a kids costume contest.
There will be several categories and prizes for the lucky winners. The Trunk or Treat begins at 6 p.m. Anyone who would like to help can just fill your car’s trunk with candy or other goodies — you can even decorate your vehicle for a chance to win a dinner for two.
There are about 18 spots available, so come early to get set up. The Trunk or Treat has been a tradition in Pine for the past 16 years, although it was formerly held at the old Strawberry Market.
If you are still young at heart, there will be an adult costume contest between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., so bring the whole family and have a great time in Pine.