Friday, October 27, 2017

TOP STORY >> Halloween celebrations planned

The Bridge Church at 1800 S. Pine St. in Cabot will hold a Trunk or Treat event from 6 till 8 p.m. Tuesday. Everyone is welcome at the free, family-fun celebration.

Jacksonville First United Methodist Church will hold a Trunk or Treat event from 4 till 6 p.m. Sunday in its parking lot. The event is free and will include carnival games, a bounce house, candy and food.

Children can trick or treat from decorated vehicles, and a costume parade will start at 6.

The church is at 308 W. Main St.

The Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Trunk or Treat from 6 till 9 p.m. Tuesday at Dupree Park.

There will be games, bounce houses, baggo for adults, a dunking booth and more. “Bring your car to the parking lot, decorate it, and bring candy to hand out to the little ones. If handing out candy isn’t your thing, volunteers are needed for the games and activities,” the announcement said.

The Jacksonville Police Department and the Jacksonville Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association will hold a free Halloween Trunk or Treat event from 6 till 9 p.m. Tuesday in the police department’s parking lot, 1400 Marshall Road.

“Halloween Trunk or Treat provides a safe environment for families to enjoy Halloween fun. Costumed children trick or treat outdoors by going from car trunk to car trunk to get their bag filled with goodies,” according to the announcement.

Children should wear costumes. Entrance and exit will be the south end of the parking lot. Vehicles must be parked in a parking spot. Parking on the street or drive will not be allowed. Overflow parking will be at the recycling center.

Zion Hill Baptist Church will hold a fall festival from 6 till 8 p.m. Tuesday in its fellowship hall.

There will be games and activities for children, including bounce houses. Free corndogs, popcorn and pink lemonade.

“Pastor Terry Fortner invites the community to Zion Hill for a safe alternative this Halloween. Children may come in costume. We ask there be no costumes with occult themes,” the announcement said.

The church is near Hwys. 89 and 107 west of Cabot.

The Sherwood Parks and Recreation Department will hold its Halloween carnival from 6:30 till 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sherwood Forest, 1111 W. Maryland Ave.

The event is free and open to everyone. There will be games, candy and prizes and a costume contest for kids up to 12 years old.

Businesses and people who would like to volunteer for the safe and family-friendly event are asked to call event coordinator Misty Brown at 501-833-0476 or emailing her at

Booth spaces are free but cannot be used to sell anything. Instead they are to be used for informational displays.

The Sherwood Mayor’s Youth Council and Sherwood Day Camp counselors are holding their annual haunted house in Sherwood Forest’s Sherwood Room from 6:30 till 10:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Admission is $3 and proceeds will fund the youth council’s educational trips and activities.

The Austin fire and police departments will co-host a trunk or treat Tuesday at Austin City Hall, Police Chief Bill Duerson told the city council Monday night. The trunk or treat will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Candy donations can be dropped off at city hall.