As an alternative to accompanying your little ones through your dark, spooky neighborhood to Trick or Treat on Thursday night, you might consider loading the little witches and warlocks onto the back of your broomstick and flying on down to Main Street.
There, the Parks & Recreation Department, along with this year’s sponsor, Chili’s Restaurant, will again hold its annual spine-chilling “Trunk or Treat” party, in front of the Oxbow Saloon (a spooky enough venue at any time of the year).
Immediately in front of the old saloon, an all-time high 40 businesses and organizations will hand out Halloween treats.
Parks & Rec’s Special Events Coordinator David Roehrig said the event will also feature five carnival-type games, scary storytelling by town historian Jinx Pyle, fortune-telling by gypsy (and Payson teacher) Marlene Armstrong and perhaps face-painting, as well. Also on Main Street, Fred (the DJ) Carpenter will be spinning his vast library of spooky music.
Inside the Oxbow, the Payson High School Drama Department will present its annual spook house thrills and chills with this year’s “Haunted House — Childhood Fears.”
Also new this year in the saloon’s courtyard, DJ Craig and his wife will entertain for the inaugural Halloween Dance, open to all students, K-12.
They’ll be spinning all the current Top 40 hits on the hip-hop, rock and country charts (“Blurred Lines,” “Wrecking Ball,” “That’s My Kinda Night,” “Roar” and a whole lot more.) Bring your requests! Plus, there will be a dance contest and prizes for the winners.