Halloween activities planned for Yazoo

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,
October is here, and with it comes spooky stories, colorful candy, and dressing up in fun costumes; all the things that lead up to a fun Halloween.
The holiday typically revolves around children, and while some events can be fun for adults too, many people worry about the safety and security of their kids who want to experience the thrill of trick-or-treating.
While most people grew up going door-to-door collecting candy, these days a safer alternative has become the Trunk or Treat, where adults decorate the trunks of their cars for Halloween and park in an area designated for children to travel trunk-to-trunk, or so to speak, to score heaps of sugary treats.
Many Yazoo City area businesses and organizations are excited about the holiday and are extending their hours for Halloween events all over town.
JoAnn Adams, Brenda and Colon Johnston and The People Who Love Yazoo, along with several merchants, will host Trick or Treat Downtown on Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m.  Parents are encouraged to bring children to downtown Yazoo City and stop by each store for special deals and sweet treats for the kids.
"We are very excited about this event," said Adams, "We have been doing it every year since 2006 and each year it's more and more successful.  We even have guests from other counties coming here."
Along with these downtown activities, Ricks Memorial Library is celebrating Halloween with spooky story times for children, along with arts and crafts for the entire month of October.  Upcoming events are scheduled for Tuesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 19, at 4:30 p.m.  The highlight of the Halloween events will be on Tuesday, October 31 when children can come trick-or-treat for candy on the front steps of the library.
"Everyone is welcome. We love seeing kids get excited," said Lauren Woodliff, children's librarian, "I think story time is a good thing. It's a good way for parents and children to explore the magic of books and activities together."
In an effort to bring the community together in a safe place, the Yazoo Parks and Recreation Commission will be hosting a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat and Egg Hunt at the Wardell Leach Sports Complex on Saturday, October 28, starting at 2 p.m.  The event will be sponsored by local businesses and other individuals who will have trunks filled with candy and decorated with the occasion.  Food trucks and face painting will be provided at the event, as well as security from local law enforcement.  The event is free and open to the public, but a $2.00 admission fee will be charged for the Halloween Egg hunt activity. 
"Our goal is to bring fun activities and recreational opportunities to the public to help bring our community closer together," said Sedric Hudson Sr., Yazoo Parks and Recreation Director.
Individuals, businesses, or organizations that want to get involved with this community trunk or treat event, should contact Director Hudson no later than Wednesday, October 25, at 662-590-0504.
The Yazoo Herald will play into the Halloween Festivities by hosting their annual Costume Contest for children on Tuesday, October 31st from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.  Members of the Herald staff will be present to take pictures of each child in their costume, and the photos will be displayed in the newspaper on November 4th.  All children who participate must be accompanied by an adult.  
On Saturday, October 21, as a part of the 5th annual Antique Days Festival, there will be a free tour of Yazoo City's own Glenwood Cemetery at 11 a.m. following a 9 a.m. meet and greet and photo session with the costumed story-tellers at the Triangle Cultural Center.  The Glenwood Cemetery Tour was ranked second by Huffington Post as the "Spookiest Cemetery in the U.S." in 2012.  This event is the perfect place to get those Halloween chill-bumps; the tour draws in guests from all over Mississippi and even features a visit from the Witch of Yazoo herself. 
These are just a few of the events hosting Halloween festivities in Yazoo City.  Many churches and organizations will also host smaller Halloween carnivals or Fall Festivals around the county in the coming weeks.