While the main events locally on Halloween night will be the frightfully fun Monsters on Main in Denison and Fright Festival at Sherman’s Municipal grounds, there are plenty of events leading up to that night.
For a look at all of the local trick or treat, events, keep this section of the paper handy as you get ready to enjoy the sweetest holiday of the year.
THURSDAY, OCT. 24
Trick or Treat on Travis & Wall Street
The event is free and open to the public. It starts at 6 p.m. and continues to 8 p.m.
Young Exorcist Society and the Search for St. McGuffin
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and promises 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Sherman will be hosting an event filled with adventure, games and goodies.
SATURDAY, OCT. 26
Trick or Treat at the Village
The third annual Trick or Treat Village hosted by Frontier Village and Museum of Grayson County, 111 RC Vaughn Dr. in Denison, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $1 or one non-perishable food item.
Sherman Public Library Trick or Treat Village
From 3-4 p.m., the Friends of the Sherman Public Library invite children of all ages, but best for those 12 and under, to come in costume and take a trick-or-treat trip through Booville and then watch a short film.
The city of Howe is hosting a festival for trick or treaters from 6 p.m. at 101 East Hanning Street in Howe.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30
Alpha Phi Omega at Austin College will host trick-or-treat event at the college in the Sid Rich and Ida Green buildings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be games and candy. Children are encouraged to wear costumes.
Downtown Trick or Treat in Whitewright
The city will be hosting this event starting at 5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, Oct. 31
Halloween of Hope
Trick or treat at Hope on Houston will start at 5 p.m.
Monsters on Main in Denison
Hosted by Denison Live and Denison Main Street, Monsters on Main begins at 5:30 p.m. and continues through 7 p.m. on Main Street.
Area businesses invite little monsters to come trick or treat for goodies and head over to Heritage Park, 324 W. Main, to enjoy games and a costume contest.
Melanie Truxal said the Main Street Office will be handing out candy along the sidewalk of Heritage Park, 324 W. Main Street in Denison. The costume contest, she said, will begin right after the trick or treat event ends at 7 p.m. on the stage at Heritage Park.
The age categories will be o to 1, 2 to 3, 4 to 6, 7 to 12, and 13 to 17. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category. She said families are encouraged to bring their pets for the fun.
“We love seeing pets dressed up in costume as well, “she said.
Fright Festival in Sherman
Hosted by the Sherman Police Association at located at the Municipal Building lawn, this event is a free trick or treat festival for children of all ages. The event begins at 6 p.m. and continues through 8 p.m. Area businesses and organizations are invited to set up booths and give out treats. The event generally sees between 1,500 to 3,000 trick or treaters.
Sherman Police Department Spokesperson Sgt. Brett Mullen said this is the 18th annual Fright Fest. “The event originated in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks to give kids a place to trick-or-treat in a safe, controlled environment,” he explained.Mullen said they are hoping for good weather this year so the event can be at the Municipal Grounds and not move indoors to Midway Mall like last year.
The wildly popular band, Willy Kickit, will be playing the event once again this year, he said.Mullen said the cut off for vendors to sign up is October 24th.
“I hope to have between 40 to 50 vendors at the event, but the more the merrier. Vendors (businesses, churches, governmental agencies, and other organizations) are expected to bring a lot of candy to hand out and they are allowed to advertise their organization however they choose. Vendors are prohibited from selling good/services at the event. Vendors are also encouraged to be creative with their booth designs. Some are simple as a table and canopy, and some set up mini haunted houses,” he explained.
The organization with the best set up will be awarded “The Cindy Carr Spooky Booth Award.”