All over the Rim Country residents, young and old, are gearing up for a howling good time for Halloween. Here is a listing of some of the events organizers have let the Roundup and Rim Review know about:
• Pine Strawberry School Fall Festival
The Pine Strawberry School will have its annual Fall Festival from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 in the school gymnasium.
Activities for the evening include a variety of booths, a cakewalk, silent auction, haunted maze and more. A costume contest will take place at 7 p.m. Dinner is also available for $4.
The proceeds will help benefit the eighth-grade class trip and promotion ceremony.
• There will be a free Ghostly Fun Party, including a haunted maze and Thriller dance performance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 at the Tonto Apache Gym. There will be candy and food for everyone, thanks to sponsorship by the Tonto Apache Tribe.
• Elks members and guests are invited to the Payson Elks Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 29 at the lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.
Cocktail service starts at 4:30 p.m., with dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring a menu of meatballs and noodles, salad, a vegetable and cobbler. Go For Broke will provide the evening’s music. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the lodge bar.
• A fun Adult Halloween Dance will be held at 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Ox Bow Saloon. Admission is $5 and you must be 21 years old to enter. You also must be dressed in a Halloween costume to enter and there will be prizes for the best costume. Live music will be provided by Moonshine Mafia.
For more information, please contact Deb Rose at 474-5242, ext. 7, or at drose@ paysonaz.gov or go to www. paysonrimcountry.com/trunkortreat
• Crawl, slither or fly on in to the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., for the annual Halloween Party from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, Oct. 31. Enter the costume contest and enjoy Brooks Entertainment performing live.
A donation of $4 is suggested for lunch. Make reservations by Friday, Oct. 28, call (928) 474-4876.
• Library plans costume parades
The Payson Public Library will have two Trick or Treat Costume Parades on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31.
The Preschool Costume Parade is at 10 a.m. and the After School Costume Parade is at 4 p.m. Princesses, cowboys, superheroes, pirates, clowns and more are all invited to the Payson Public Library for the Trick or Treat Costume Parade, which will travel throughout the library!
The parades are open to kids and teens of all ages, however, participants can only attend one event, not both. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call Katie at (928) 474-9260.
• Trunk or Treat and Haunted House on Historic Main Street
Calling all you ghouls and goblins, it is time for the annual Trunk or Treat Festival sponsored by Chili’s Restaurant. This year’s event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31 on Payson’s Historic Main Street at the Ox Bow 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 reason the town buys the candy is because we want to provide a safe environment for children to safely trick or treat and give parents peace of mind that their children are safe,” said Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Cameron Davis.
Individuals, clubs and organizations or businesses that would like to sponsor a booth during the Trunk or Treat Festival should go to the 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 trunk. Trunk space is limited so please hurry to claim a site.
This year the town has once again partnered with the Drama Department at the Payson High School to provide a haunted house at the Ox Bow Saloon. This year’s haunted house theme will be Zombieland. 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 9 p.m., and admission is $3 or bring a can of food for the local food bank and get in for $2.
Davis and his staff would like to thank Brian Mortensen, owner of the Ox Bow for allowing them to use this already spooky venue for this event.
A portion of the gate will go to help support the Drama Department and their yearly activities.
If you are looking to park close to the event, there are several different options:
– Take West Main Street and go south on Westerly, turn right on Aero and go to South McLane and turn right. Follow signs to a large parking lot that is very close to the Ox Bow.
– Green Valley Park
– Julia Randall Elementary School parking lot
– Community Presbyterian Church on Main Street
– Main Street parking lot off of Westerly
– Frontier Street
For more information, please contact Deb Rose at 474-5242, ext. 7, or at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.paysonrimcountry.com/trunkortreat.
Davis and his staff also have special thanks to the Gila County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse for helping provide security for this year’s event.