This year some historical Halloween favorites like Boo Review will take to the streets once again, but a plethora of other spooks and scares will visit Stephens County through several events in October as well.
While the Halloween holiday falls on Sunday this year, and cities in the area have some different guidelines when it comes to trick-or-treating, the final few weeks of October will see plenty of events for community members to get their scare on an collect as much candy as possible.
In Duncan and Comanche this year, trick-or-treating will take place on Saturday, Oct. 30 within city limits while Marlow will see trick-or-treaters on Sunday, Oct. 31. It is recommended only to approach houses with a porch light on as homes without lights typically signals a family who is out trick-or-treating themselves or doesn’t wish to participate. It is also advised for families to practice caution when navigating streets and those in dark costumes should carry light colored items or glow sticks to make them more visible to those who may be driving.
As for the other events, children in Stephens County can strike big time gold by finding the following events around the area.
Simmons Center’s Fall Fest activities continue throughout the month of October in Duncan. The Simmons Center kicks off more fall activities with their Fall Break Camp.
Fall Break Camp will happen this year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m on Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 18-19 for kids ages four to 12 years old. The camp will host activities on each day for kids.
The cost for the Fall Break Camp is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. For all four days, it’s $90 for members and $115 for non-members.
Main Street Duncan’s Boo Review will join in on the fun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 23. A kids’ costume contest will take place at noon at The Palace Theatre.
The Halloween Hustle 5K and fun run fundraiser for Agape Freedom Ministries will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 23. There will be inflatables, pumpkins, a costume contest and food. Those interested can sign up at www.eventbright.com, Facebook or pick-up forms at Immanuel Baptist Church and Farmers Insurance Agency.
Then, toward the end of October, the Simmons Center will host a Kids Spook House from 2-6 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 30. The kid-friendly haunted house will have characters to pass out candy and prizes. The cost for admission is $5 per child.
For older kids, teens and adults, another haunted house — Witches Coven Haunted House — will be available from 7-8:50 p.m. and 9:10-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 for $10 per person. Childcare will be available for the younger kids.
The annual Fall Fest Carnival will set up during the day from 2-6 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Simmons Center providing games, a costume contest, prizes, fun, bounce house, food trucks, a slide and more.The cost for admission to the carnival is $5 per child.
Sponsors for the Fall Fest Carnival include Duncan Builders, Newberry’s Pharmacy, Whitten Insurance, William Gossett, Climate Control, Bank of Commerce, Walmart, Senator Jessica Garvin and Friends of Marcus McEntire.
For more information about Fall Festival events, visit the Simmons Center recreation front desk or call 580-252-2900 ext. 227. The venue is located a 800 Chisholm Trail Parkway in Duncan.
Other events in the Duncan area include a pumpkin carving and decorating contest by Health Centered Dentistry, which is going on now on Facebook.
Each member of their staff has creatively decorated a pumpkin and they need the help of the community to vote on their favorite and pick a winner.
Community members can visit the Health Centered Dentistry’s Facebook page to view photos of the pumpkins and cast their vote or stop by their office at 2025 W. Elk Avenue, Suite A in Duncan.
Winners will be announced at the end of October.
There’s also the 8th Annual golf cart trunk-or-treat, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club. Members will decorate their carts for a unique and fun trick-or-treat full of family fun activities. After trick-or-treating, there will be music, treats and more fun in the ballroom. For more information and for non-members, message the Duncan Golf & Tennis Club on Facebook. The Duncan Golf and Tennis Club is located at 1800 N. Country Club Road in Duncan. For those who are not member, contact the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club at 580-255-7706, or visit www.duncangolfandtennisclub.com/trunkortreat.
For those who like animals, DT Ranch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 9 at Gardentown in Duncan will host a Halloween-themed event. There will be pansies, pumpkins and a petting zoo. Bandits Burgers Food Truck will be there as well.
Additionally, there are many trunk-or-treats scheduled around the area, including:
• Central Baptist — 5:45-7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Central High. The event will have inflatables, food and fun.
• Chisholm Trail Cowboy Church’s Fall Fest — 6 p.m. Oct. 29. Includes free hotdogs, Frito chili pie, nachos and drinks. There will be a trunk-or-treat, games and outside activities. They are located at 58th and Terry Road.
• Connection Church — 6 p.m. Oct. 30. Connection Church is located in Elk Plaza on Highway 81.
• Douglass trunk-or-treat — Noon-2 p.m. on Oct. 30 the Douglas parking lot, located at 702 S Kings Pl. in Duncan.
• Trunk-or-treat at the parking lot of Bob’s Landmark Eatery — 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 31, located at 179027 N 2820 Road in Comanche, on the corner of Old Highway 81 and Refinery Road.
• VFW Halloween Party, kids Oct. 29 and adults Oct. 30.
• Viridian Coffee Co.’s trunk-or-treat — 4-6p.m. on Oct. 30
• Faith Church — 4:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Faith Church is located on 1404 W. Main Street.
• Disney characters at 1906 Meadowview Dr., from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30
• GOP Chili Cookoff — 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Stephens County Fairgrounds.
• Chisholm Trail Church of Christ — 4-6 p.m. on Oct. 31, located at 3204 W. Beech Avenue in Duncan. There will be hotdogs, cups and drink, as well well as hay rides and trunks filled with candy.
• Parkview Baptist Church 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at 902 N. 19th.
• Impact 580: Morning Candy Palooza on Sunday Morning 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 31
Festivities in Comanche will also make an appearance.
One of the events this year includes a costume contest at 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 as the Comanche Ag Boosters host their 18th Annual Comanche Fall Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30.
Kerry Cox Cross, Comanche Ag Booster member, said “this is a fun event that helps multiple organizations fundraise while providing a safe and fun activity for the whole family to participate.”
The Fall Fest will happen on Main Street in downtown Comanche.
“We will have fun activities for all ages,” Cross said.
Fall Fest activities include a corn hole tournament sponsored by Headdress Salon. Teams will need to sign up and check in by 12:45 p.m. on Oct. 30. There is a $30 entry fee and the tournament begins at 1 p.m. Prizes will consist of a set of corn hole boards, designed by 7M Designs, as well as a cash prize. All the proceeds from the tournament will benefit Comanche’s Toys for Tots.
Also included in the fest is an antique tractor show, a car show hosted by Comanche Police Reserves, a costume contest and trick-or-treating on Main Street.
Participants who want to register for the Fall Fest Car Show will pay a $20 fee and registration begins at 8 a.m. All entries will need to be registered and parked by 10 a.m., awards will be at 2 p.m. Show classes include, truck, RatRod, classic, new car, custom and motorcycle.
Prize packet raffle will have tickets for $1 each or 12 for $10.
The festival will have food, arts and crafts and booths from local businesses and vendors.
The Ag Boosters will host a drink booth and sell raffle tickets all day until the drawing for two $500 cash winners.
According to Cross, the raffle profits will benefit the Comanche students who are eligible to show livestock at the Stephens County Junior Livestock Show in February 2021, as it sponsors the premium monies.
Those who would want to host a booth or set up as a vendor can contact Jennifer James at 580-351-8426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For booth applications, contact Lacey Jones at 580-606-0115 or Dede Parks at 580-656-0071.
Trick-or-treating on Main Street is sponsored by the Comanche Chamber of Commerce providing a safe venue for kids.
There will also be a Hallelujah Night at Ray of Hope from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 30 with food, prizes, games and fun.
So far, events in Marlow, aside from the Second on Second festival on Oct. 9, includes a Hallow Him night at First Baptist Church Marlow from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
The Banner will continue to compile a list of Halloween family friendly events in the county. To add an event, email email@example.com by Thursday, Oct. 21, contact the office by calling 580-255-5354 or message The Duncan Banner staff on Facebook.