The bewitching hour is near! This Saturday, little ghosts, ghouls and goblins will be scouring our neighborhoods in search of Halloween treats — and maybe even leaving behind a trick or two. It’s a crazy time of the year, isn’t it?
As an alternative to accompanying your little one through your dark, spooky neighborhood, you might want to consider jumping on your broomstick and flying on down to Main Street, where parks and rec will be holding this year’s annual “Trunk or Treat.”
In the Oxbow parking lot (a spooky enough venue at any time of the year) and immediately in front of the old saloon, 30 businesses and organizations will be handing out yummy Halloween treats.
Inside the Oxbow, the Payson High School Drama Department will provide a haunted house, with four different levels of spookiness.
Outside, hot dogs, hot chocolate and hot cider will be available, as well as some very “creepy” music. You may even hear my favorite Halloween song, “The Frankenstein Twist.”
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the artist who recorded the 1962 hit “The Frankenstein Twist?”
This rock ’n’ roll girl group first formed while still in high school. In 1961, they cut their first record, “There’s No Other Like My Baby.”
They went on to score seven more Billboard charted hits from 1962-64, including their top hits, “He’s A Rebel,” “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me.”
Is this recording group A) The Ronettes, B) The Orlons, C) The Crystals or D) The Oxbowettes?
Be caller number five and have the right answer and you’ll win a $10 gift certificate from everybody’s favorite ice cream parlor, Scoops. (If you cash in the certificate this weekend, you just might be able to order yourself some delicious boo-berry ice cream!)
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Which of the following songs was not a No. 1 hit for retiring Brooks & Dunn: A) Neon Moon, B) Kickin’ Up Dust, C) Boot Scootin’ Boogie, or D) Red Dirt Road?
The correct answer was B) Kickin’ Up Dust.
Both “Neon Moon” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” were early No. 1 hits for Brooks & Dunn, each reaching the top of Billboard’s country chart in 1992. “Red Dirt Road” topped the chart in 2003.
“Kickin’ Up Dust” was not recorded by this legendary country duo, but was the premier song off Candyce’s 2009 debut album of the same name. (Candyce is Payson’s own, born and raised aspiring country music artist.)
Congratulations to this past week’s trivia winner, Margo Sireika, who won a “Best of Brooks & Dunn” CD that I recently compiled, which includes all 20 of the duo’s No. 1 hits.
A little about Margo: She was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. When she was 6 years old, her family moved to Desert Hot Springs, Calif.
Shortly after coming out of a broken marriage a number of years ago, Margo began frequenting “Angie’s,” a little honky tonk bar and grill, just down the road from her place.
One night, in walked Walter, and as Margo told me, “It was instant karma.” Soon the two were off onto their first date, at the Desert Hot Springs’ annual fireworks display.
It must have been love at first sight, as Margo beamed, “There were fireworks all around me, and even more inside!” The two have been married for 36 years.
Both Margo and Walter are now retired. Margo spent most of her life doing office work and Walter was their city’s pump and telemetry operator.
When I asked Margo why the couple moved from Desert Hot Springs to the Rim Country, she responded, “Well, any city that has both ‘Desert’ and ‘Hot’ in its name should tell you something.” They have lived the past five years in Mesa del.
In her spare time, Margo now enjoys taking care of her two dogs and two cats, crocheting, reading and taking walks. Her favorite music is country, with George Strait, Alan Jackson and Josh Turner topping her favorite artist list.
Lastly, onto my Web site, I have posted some pictures from last Saturday’s first annual Humane Society golf fund-raiser. The weather was perfect and the golfing was “spook-tacular!”
Have a monster-ous, but safe weekend, everyone!
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com