Two Main Halloween Options For Families


Goblins and ghosts, costumes and candy, tricks and treats. Beware, it’s Halloween!

We are really fortunate here in Payson to have two main options from which families may choose for “Trick or Treating.”

Children can choose to gather their candy through the traditional door-to-door bell-ringing or they can fly on their broomsticks down to the Oxbow Saloon’s parking lot to join in the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s annual “Trunk or Treat,” where they are treated to candy from various organizations and business booths.

Last year, I helped our SonShine Club booth by handing out candy and information about our after-school program for kids. What a thrill it was to see the excitement of all the devils, skeletons and fanged Draculas parade by.

This year, Ann and I will be playing music just up the street at the Senior Center, where Southwest Behavioral Health will be hosting its first Halloween Teen Dance. Cost is only $3 for teens (13 to 17 years old) or two food items for the food bank.

During the 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. dance there will be a costume contest (with a $30 Walmart gift certificate for the winner); a skit performed by the agency’s youth leadership group, and a “dance-off” dance contest.

In addition to the current Top 40 hits, teens will enjoy listening to a few “creepy” Halloween classics that fit nicely into the spirit of this ghoulish day of vampires, bats and other eerie phenomenon — “People Are Strange” (1967) by The Doors, “Ghostbusters” (1984) by Ray Parker Jr., and the most famous and still the most widely played Halloween theme song, “The Monster Mash,” a No. 1 song in October 1962 by Bobby “Boris” Pickett.

This week’s music trivia question is: In the song, “The Monster Mash,” what was the name of the five-member vocal group that was coming, along with the coffin-bangers, to play at the Monster Mash party?

Was the vocal group A) The Count Five, B) We Five, C) The Dave Clark Five, or D) The Crypt-Kicker Five?

This week, if you’re caller number three and have the right answer, you’ll win a $15 gift certificate to the Beeline Cafe, where the friendly staff is always easy on the “tricks” and big on the “treats.”

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s trivia question, which was: In Chuck Berry’s arguably most popular hit, “Johnny B. Goode,” in what did Johnny carry his guitar?

Did he carry it in A) his father’s old guitar case, B) his school bag, C) a gunny sack, or D) his HP laptop case?

The correct answer was C) a gunny sack.

“He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack,

Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track.

Oh, the engineers would see him sitting in the shade,

Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made.”

Congratulations to last week’s first-time music trivia winner, Karen Kozaites, who won a Best of Chuck Berry CD.

Karen told me that last week’s question was easy for her, as she has been a fan of Berry since the late 1970s. While a student at the University of Missouri in Columbia, she was invited to Chuck Berry’s nearby farm, where Berry had a stage set up in his barn. The rock and roll singer “put on quite a concert for us 100 guests that night,” Karen said.

Karen is presently transitioning from Long Beach, Calif. to Payson, to join her boyfriend here. She was born in Washington, D.C. and, due to her father’s position with an insurance company, lived in a number of different states while growing up. She is a graduate of Cal State in Long Beach.

When she is in Payson, Karen helps out the Payson School District as a substitute teacher at both the high school and middle school. In her spare time, she enjoys interior design (her former career) and cooking. She hopes to someday take country two-step dance lessons.

Karen’s favorite music is classic rock, country and R&B. She particularly enjoys listening to Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band and Trace Adkins.

Lastly, I’ve added two new sets of pictures to my Web site from last weekend’s music events — Chris Oatis’ (wife Renee) birthday party, held at Chaparral Pines, and the American Dairy Goat Association’s annual dinner-dance (it was a bleating good time) in Tucson.

Have a great week!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

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