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October 23, 2013

Spooky fun starts this weekend

Trick-or-treaters can get a head start on Halloween with all sorts of haunted happenings this weekend.

Businesses along South Main Street will entice costumed kids and their shopping parents Friday with Trick or Treat on Main.

Nicholas Wilks, owner of Erly Rush Coffeehouse, 200 S. Main St., said 15 stores and restaurants will participate in the event. Main Street stores south of Okmulgee Avenue will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, handing out goodies to costumed trick-or-treaters.

“Basically, it’s an event for doing trick or treat in a safe environment,” said Wilks, who coordinated the event. “We’ll be handing out free hot cocoa to kids wearing a costume.”

The event will feature music from DJ Kris Mann, he said.

Sweet-N-Sassy Cafe and Baking, 126 S. Main St., plans to hand out chocolate-dipped marshmallows and Rice Krispies treats, general manager Janet Brown said.

“I’m anticipating a lot of kids,” Brown said. “Between the candy and the stuff we’re going to do, we’re anticipating 300 to 350 kids.”

She said this is the first year South Main Street merchants got together for such an event.

Downtown Muskogee Inc. Executive Director Lisa Susanne said Wilks and other South Main businesses came up with the event.

“It builds a sense of community as it brings people out,” Susanne said. “And it builds a sense of community among the stores, providing a safe place for families to trick or treat.”

Trick or Treat on Main is one of several events this weekend:

• The Three Rivers Chapter of Oklahoma Guard Dogs will hand out candy at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Muskogee Civic Center’s west parking lot. The candy giveaway is part of the motorcycle group’s second annual Halloween Candy Run.

Chapter President Les Shahan said most bikers will be costumed.

Last year’s candy run drew 172 kids, he said.

“We’re expecting 400 this year,” Shahan said. “We are really pushing it this year.”

He said more motorcycling groups will take part in the run.

• The Guard Dogs group also will have a haunted house from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday through Halloween night at the Louis L. Anthis Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, 4815. W. Okmulgee Ave.

• Trick-or-treaters are invited to Mall-o-Ween from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Arrowhead Mall, 501 N. Main St. Participating retailers will hand out candy. A costume contest will be held at 2 p.m.

• Northeastern State University-Tahlequah will offer tours of Haunted Seminary Hall from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday and Halloween night. Tours last about 30 minutes and revolve around the history of Seminary Hall as well as stories of supernatural encounters within the historic building.

Most area communities will have trick or treat Oct. 31.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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