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Seasonal spooky events and safety tips


With spooky season amongst us, it is time to break out the costumes and candy. One of the hardest parts of Halloween trick-or-treating is figuring out where to go. Luckily, there are plenty of upcoming Trunk or Treat and Fall parties coming up in Webster County.

Oct. 24

Turners Station’s Annual Halloween Party and Food Truck Night

6484 E Farm Rd 148, Turners. The party will have various activities, including petting zoos, face paintings, bounce houses, food from Brockrito, The Infinite Kitchen, and Gala Occasions Desserts. For more details, call Jill at 417-880-1242.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Oct. 28

Halloween Hooktacular at Ozarks Raceway Park

8529 State Highway U, Rogersville. The day will be full of all sorts of racing fun and treats. Tickets are $20 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free.

12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Niangua Betterment League presents Halloween Trunk or Treat

Community Building, 172 State Highway F, Niangua. Dress up and bring the family out for fun and treats.

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Village of Diggins Annual Trunk or Treat

281 S Diggins Main St, Diggins. If you want to participate, decorate your truck and have candy ready for the kids. To attend, bring your kids and a bag to put their treats in and enjoy the night. Coffee and Hot chocolate will be served in the Community Building.

6 p.m. — 8 p.m.

Trunk or Treat at Marshfield Fitness and Tanning

50 York Dr, Unit 5, Marshfield, Come join for a fun filled night of Trunk or Treating. Trick or treaters will get to pick best trunk design. Also there will be N Joy Thai Food Truck, Hair Tinsel and Feathers, Face Painting, and Bounce Houses. Signup sheet is located at the gym or send a message message via Facebook.

5 p.m. — 9 p.m.

Oct. 30

Tricks and Treats of Parenting and the Marshfield Senior Center

427 W. Washington St. Enjoy a free meal, make new friends, and interact with other guardians and parents. Registration is required, so please visit the Webster County Health Unit Facebook page or email Ana Simonson at asimonson@cpozarks.org.

5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 31

Trick or Treat through Rogersville

Take a trip through Rogersville to celebrate the holiday. For a map of where to go, contact the Rogersville Chamber of Commerce at (417) 753-7538 or visit their website at www.rogersvillechamber.com.

12 p.m. — 5 p.m.

Trick or Treat at the Marshfield Square

101 S Crittenden St, Marshfield. Come visit the local shops and businesses for treats and goodies.

3:30 pm — 5 p.m.

Trunk or Treat Drive Through at First Baptist Church of Strafford

400 S. Madison St. Strafford. This fun outreach to our community is a “drive-through” event in the church parking lot. Decorated trunks and treat stations will be set up, and volunteers will fill each child’s bag with truckloads of candy and other goodies!

5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.

Marshfield Trunk or Treat at the Webster County Fairgrounds

Join us in the Marshfield Fairgrounds for a multi-church trunk or treat event. There will be food, candy, fun things to do, and plenty of candy for the whole town! If you have questions or want your Church to partner by bringing some cars, contact Andy Nichols at 417-434-3362.

6 p.m.

Marshfield Assembly of God Trunk or Treat

1538 W Washington St, Marshfield. Come out for free candy, inflatables, games, hot dogs and more.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

With an ever-growing list of Halloween festivities, it can seem overwhelming for parents concerned about keeping their kids and teens safe during the holidays. A few ways parents can be safe is by following these tips provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, as everyone needs to stay alert.

Research a trick-or-treating plan. Families can use applications such as Nextdoor to find the best places to trick-or-treat and check local neighborhood rules.

Parents and Guardians remind children to approach only familiar houses that are well-lit. Even consider trick-or-treating with your children for their safety because spending the evening together could be fun.

You should expect an increase in slow-moving vehicles in neighborhoods as many will pick up and drop off their trick-or-treaters. Be courteous and stay alert for trick-or-treaters of all ages.

Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers. Keep your eyes on the road, not your phone, especially during this time of year. Young children can be excited by Halloween and dart in front of a vehicle. Please slow down and drive with caution.

All those participating in trick-or-treating are reminded to watch for traffic this Halloween. Remember to look both ways when crossing the street. Use the sidewalks wherever possible and trick-or-treat while it is light outside. If you go out after dark, increase your visibility using a flashlight.

Set ground rules and expectations ahead of time with your kids and teens. Including they should never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle. An adult should accompany small children, and older children should stay in groups. Feel free to set curfews.

Capture the Moments. Remember to take pictures of your kids in and out of their costumes. It’s a great way to preserve the moment and post to social media channels. It is also a good idea to have a reference of the costume your child is wearing and what they are wearing underneath, in case they get lost.

The Highway Patrol also asks parents and guardians to consider using make-up. Masks could obstruct a child’s vision, making it difficult to see an oncoming car. Another idea is a light-colored costume, as it is easier for drivers to see those at night. Even adding reflective tape to dark costumes makes them visible. Flame-resistant costumes are encouraged.

Use location tracking devices. If kids don’t have phones, ensure the chaperone or guardian has one. Another option for more tech-savvy parents or guardians is to use items like Apple AirTags to keep track of their locations. This way, parents can give children independence when trick-or-treating. All while parents can feel peace of mind.

Halloween isn’t just for children. Many adults will enjoy dressing up, visiting haunted houses, or attending gatherings. If driving to a costume party, ensure the costume does not hamper your vision. Even consider not putting it on until you arrive.

If you attend a Halloween party with alcohol, designate a sober driver for the trip home. Remember, alcohol, even in small amounts, slows reaction time and dulls the senses. Driving after drinking could end in a sad and possibly deadly result.


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