For its first meeting of October, the Sherman City Council got into the Halloween spirit early with discussion of some upcoming events related to the holiday.

The first mention of Halloween came from Sherman Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton, who gave the council a presentation on the department’s annual Fright Fest event.

“Every year, I get questions about when we’re having it, but it’s always Oct. 31,” Hampton said. “Unless it’s on a Friday and we have a football game going on, then we usually change it.”

Hampton estimated Fright Fest will have anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 people at the free evening event at Sherman’s Lucy Kidd-Key Park on the grounds of the Sherman Municipal Building on Halloween night. If weather forces the event inside, Hampton said it will relocated to Midway Mall. He also joked the children in attendance usually receive so much free candy, that local dentists sometimes also show up looking for business.

“That is one of the most fun things that I’ve ever been a part of,” council member Shawn Teamann said. “I mean, you have thousands of kids and they’re just everywhere. They enjoy themselves and it’s safe. We just appreciate having something like that for all of the families and the kiddos here.”

Hampton encouraged anyone looking to take part to contact him soon to get on the list of participants.

Halloween came up again at the end of the meeting during Mayor David Plyler’s city announcements. He said he’s going to have to miss this month’s Coffee with the Mayor gathering Friday at 8 a.m. at Painting with a Twist, but he’s leaving it in the hands of Hampton and Community and Support Services Manager Nate Strauch.

“So you all be sure to come out and give them a hard time,” Plyler said with a smile.

The mayor then said locals should also be sure to join Sherman’s Main Street Advisory Committee for the annual Trick-or-Treat on Travis Street event on Oct. 26, which is the Thursday evening before Halloween.

“That’s a really fun event as well,” Plyler said, adding that it’ll have plenty of treats and Halloween-related events for children.