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Trick or Treat, Turner Falls Halloween event this weekend

The Boo Crew gave out awards in several categories for the best costumes at the Halloween Carnival on Oct. 23. In the multi-age group division, Alexander Stultz, Brody and Cooper Moore won first place.

By Alisha Thompson
Halloween festivities in Davis are Saturday. Are ghosts and goblins ready?
Davis children can trick-or-treat from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Davis Pentecostal Holiness Church located at 201 South Second Street will host Trunk-or-Treat Saturday night and the First Baptist Church will host a Trunk-or-Treat located at 208 South Third Street.
Calvary Baptist Church located at 1000 West 12th Street in Sulphur will host a Fall Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be games, temporary tattoos, a dunk tank and Trunk-or-Treat. The public is invited to attend.
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Turner Falls Events
Davis residents can start looking forward to events at Turner Falls Park during the Fall and Winter seasons thanks to the forward thinking of new Turner Falls Park Manager Ricky Harness.
First up? Turner Falls Park has partnered with the Davis Police Officers Reserve Association to host Saturday night’s Haunted Forest.
“We are partnering with the Davis Police Reserves to put on the Haunted Trail,” said Harness. “They have historically done it themselves. “Admission to the Park will be a bag of candy and we will take that candy back up to the top and pass it out to the kids. We want to make sure they go home with a sugar high. This is really a community event.”
Local businesses and organizations have partnered with the Park to host carnival games and sell items, so make sure you bring some spending money. Activities include pumpkin carving, night games, scary movies and Trunk-or-Treat.
Attendees will park in lots A and B and ride the Park’s new shuttles to the RV Campgrounds for the Carnival. Those wishing to attend the Haunted Forest will take the shuttle to the Butterly Loop. Admission to the Haunted Forest is $5.
Assistant Davis Police Chief Dee Gregory said that he is excited about the Carnival and proud of the work Harness and Turner Falls employees have put into expanding this event.
Assistant Chief Gregory said that the Haunted Forest is more of a community event than it is a fundraiser. He said he’s proud the Reserve Association has put together an event that accommodates local residents and their budgets for family entertainment.
The Reserve Association does look at a yearly cost to host the event. Assistant Chief Gregory said they do make some money for the Association when all is said and done. He is thankful to those in the community who volunteer (including the children of Davis Police Officers) for the event and donate items and their services to make this event a success.
The Haunted Forest will end when the last person in line goes home and Assistant Chief Gregory said that’s often around midnight, sometimes later.
What’s ahead?
How about a Christmas Market in December and a laser light show at the Falls?
Harness said the Christmas Market is a test run to see if there is interest in future events from local residents and visitors.
Harness said the tentative date for the Christmas Market is the second weekend in December. There will be vendors with items to sell for Christmas.
Vendors will pay a fee for what is scheduled to be a two-day event in conjunction with a laser light show at the Falls each night. “We are going to start a little slow but the intent moving forward is to try to host a couple of events out here a month moving forward during our off season. In the future, we are also interested in bringing other vendors out here. Hosting Flea Market type events. It will give folks locally something to do and a reason to come out here. But, it will also hopefully attract folks from outside.”
With these events Harness hopes to find some opportunities to partner with businesses downtown. He feels this is an excellent opportunity to bring visitors from Turner Falls into Davis.
Any vendor or business interested in taking part in the Christmas Market at Turner Falls Park should contact Tuner Falls Park Headquarters by calling (580) 369-2917.

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