Howling Good Fun For Halloween


There will be all kinds of fun activities for kids of all ages in the Rim Country for Halloween.

Festivities start Thursday, Oct. 28 and explode Saturday, Oct. 30.

Library Trick or Treat Costume Parade

Little mermaids and pirates are invited to the Payson Public Library Thursday, Oct. 28 for the annual Trick or Treat Costume Parade.

This year, the Preschool Parade is at 10 a.m. and the After School Parade is at 4:30 p.m. following the library’s Bilingual Story Time at 4 p.m.

The event is open to children of all ages. Sign up in the children’s room, or call Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

Library officials are asking that children attend only one event.  

Halloween Spook Party

Plan to attend a Halloween Spook Party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29 at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center. There will be free games, candy and hot dogs. Contact Eric Pendleton at (928) 474-7093 for more information.

Harvest Festival

The Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway will host a Harvest Festival from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30. There will be games, hayrides, treats, a cakewalk and more. The teen group will also be hosting a fund-raising dinner featuring Indian fry bread that evening.

Halloween in Pine

Pine and Strawberry kids of all ages can have some Halloween fun at Rimside Grill Saturday, Oct. 30. Sponsored by Strawberry’s Elite and Rimside Grill, there will be several events at the restaurant.

First up is the Kids Costume Contest at 5 p.m. for youngsters from 2 to 12 with lots of categories, prizes and fun.

Trunk or Treat will begin at 6 p.m. Residents are invited to decorate their vehicles and hand out candy at this 17-year-old tradition. Last year there were 26 Trunk or Treat “stations” and this year the “best dressed” vehicle’s owners will be awarded a dinner for two. Participants are asked call to reserve their marked spot early so there will be room for everyone and then to park along the hill on the south side of the restaurant (heading up to the cabin area).

Grown up kids will have their Halloween fun from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with a costume party and dance. Dorsey Tisdale will provide the music and there will be food and drink specials to celebrate.

Payson Halloween happenings

The annual Trunk or Treat event will take place on historic Main Street and a Haunted House will be held at the historic Oxbow Saloon Saturday, Oct. 30.

The Trunk or Treat event is free and will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The annual Trunk or Treat Festival will be held on Main Street at the Oxbow Saloon. The town will once again be purchasing all of the candy and providing it to more than 30 decorated “booths” that will hand it out to children ages 12 and under.

The town buys the candy to provide a safe environment for children in which to safely trick or treat and give parents peace of mind, said Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Cameron Davis.

Individuals or businesses who would like to sponsor a booth during the Trunk or Treat Festival should come down to the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department at 1000 W. Country Club and sign up. Cost is $25 and the town will supply you with the candy ... you must supply and decorate your own 10-foot-by-10-foot booth/trunk. At the end of the night the best-decorated trunk will be awarded a special prize. Trunk space is limited so please hurry to reserve a site.

This year the town has once again partnered with the Payson High School drama department to provide a haunted house at the Oxbow Saloon.

Brian Mortensen, owner of the Oxbow, is allowing the use of this already spooky venue for this event. A portion of the gate will go to help support the drama department and their yearly activities.

This year’s haunted house theme will be “Ye Olde London” and will incorporate different themes from Victorian and Edwardian England such as Sweeny Todd, Jekyll and Hyde, Jack the Ripper and a Peter Pan room.

There will be different levels of “scariness” for the haunted house so that children and grown-ups can enjoy the event at their own scare threshold.

“We want everyone to be able to enjoy the haunted house and have lots of fun,” Davis said.

The haunted house will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; admission is $3, or bring a can of food for the local food bank and get in for $2.

If you are looking to park close to the event here are several different options:

• Parking lot off of South McLane — go west on Main Street and follow the signs.

• Green Valley Park

• JRE School parking lot

• Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

• Senior Center

• Main Street parking lot off of Westerly

• Frontier Street

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is providing security for the event.

For more information, please contact Deb Rose at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, or at drose@ or go to

Payson Monster Mash Dance

The Community Prevention Council in conjunction with Southwest Behavioral Health Rim Guidance Center is hosting a Monster Mash Teen Dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., Payson.

The dance is open to young people, ages 13 to 17 with a school or other identification.

The event offers music, prizes, a costume contest, dance off, snacks and beverages. Admission is two food bank items or $3 each. For more information, please contact Deb Shewey, (928) 474-3303.

Freak Show Costume Contest

More Halloween fun can be found at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Freak Show Costume Contest.

Out of town judges will choose winners in four categories, plus a Best of Show winner. The categories are best group; most original and creative; funniest; and most freaky. A $500 prize will be awarded in each category. Winners will not be eligible for the Best of Show award, which includes a $1,000 prize.

Music for the night will be provided by the band Rock Lobster.

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