Next Wednesday, on Halloween night, from 6 ’til 9 p.m., Main Street will again become a weird and wacky scene of ghoulish, devilish and monster-y fun. On the street in front of the evil-spirited Oxbow Saloon, the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will host this year’s version of “Trunk or Treat.”
Pack up your little angels and devils and come early, as another huge crowd is expected. Director Cameron Davis said, “Last year, when we officially ‘opened the gates,’ we had over 2,500 skeletons, witches and zombie-like creatures already in line; and this year we’re expecting even more ‘creatures of the dead.’
As always, parks and rec will be supplying all of the vendors with Halloween treats to ensure a safe “trunking” experience. And it’s looking like there will be more business and organization vendors than ever before.
“Our goal is to have 40 vendors with us this year, almost twice the number we’ve had in the past.” said Cameron. “The vendors be lined up on each side of Main Street, so the kids and adults can walk down one side and back on the other.” (If you are a business or organization and would like to participate in this eerily fun event, call Kaprice Bachtell at Parks & Rec at 474-5242, ext. 7.)
Trunk or Treat isn’t just about candy and costumes. The haunted house inside the Oxbow will again be a featured attraction of this year’s spooky night on Main Street. A joint venture between parks and rec and the high school drama department, this year’s creepy, nightmarish, make-your-hair-stand-on-end haunt has been titled “Psychotic Hospital” and promises new horrifying features.
Cameron noted, “Remember, Main Street to the east will be closed at Westerly (near the fire station), so for easy and close parking, come west on Aero, then north on South McLane and park in the newly mowed field right across the street from the Humane Society.”
Trunk or Treat is always an exciting, sugar-me-up event for children and their parents. Ann and I are really looking forward to it again this year. Please stop by our music area (if you dare), say hello and request your favorite blood-curdling Halloween song.
Now, on to this week’s spooky music trivia. In 1984, there was song (from the movie of the same name) that asked who you should call if you experience the following Halloween-ish, paranormal activity:
“If there’s somethin’ strange in your neighborhood,
If it’s somethin’ weird an’ it don’t look good,
If you’re seein’ things runnin’ through your head,
An invisible man sleepin’ in your bed ...”
This week’s music trivia question is: According to that 1984 song, who should you call if those strange and weird things are happening to you? A) The Exorcist, B) Hannibal Lecter C) Ghostbusters, or D) Freddy Krueger?
If you’re the fourth caller this week and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite artist’s or genre’s music. Good luck.
Last Week’s Music Trivia Question
This past week’s trivia question asked you to name the country music singer who recorded the 1986 hit “Homecoming ’63?” In addition this hit, his other top songs included “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “When You Say Nothing At All,” and “I’m No Stranger To The Rain.”
The choices were: A) Keith Whitley, B) Ronnie Milsap, C) Hank Williams, Jr., and D) Jake Swartwood?
The correct answer was Keith Whitley. Both Ronnie Milsap and Hank Williams, Jr. also had a slew of No. 1 country hits in the 1980s.
Jake Swartwood is our Longhorns’ first-year varsity football coach. It’s said that after his team’s victory over the visiting Coronado (Scottsdale) Dons in last Friday night’s homecoming game, Coach Swartwood could be heard whistling a happy tune all week at this week’s practices.
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Gil Gabaldon, who has been a winner a couple of times in the past. Last week’s prize was a CD of the winner’s choice of artist or genre. Gil chose a “Best of Connie Francis” CD.
A final note
Starting next Tuesday night and for the next several days, I know I’ll be singing “Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition” (The Merry Macs, 1942) and “Amen” (The Impressions, 1963). The biggest mud-slinging election campaign ever will finally be over, putting an end to both party’s proliferation of hate-driven, “I approve this snide, seedy, surly, hit-below-the-belt message” campaigns.
After having to endure months of hateful political commercials, a return to the airwaves filled with injury lawyer commercials will be a welcome relief.
One has to wonder — if our nation’s leaders have no respect for each other, how can it be expected that the populous of America and the world’s 200-plus countries have respect for American government and for our country?
And maybe it’s about time we all step up to the plate, no matter what our party affiliation, no matter how demeaning and disrespectful our leaders act, and show respect for the office of our nation’s leaders as we once did, with the respect that their positions deserve. Let’s refer to our president as “President Obama (or Romney)” and all other elected officials with their due respect.
Let’s put party interest and power a distant second to American cooperation and old-time values.
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