, Muskogee, OK

October 25, 2011

A ghoulish good time

Civitan party offers guests an evening of spooky fun

By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer

— There was no denial that Michelle Hickman felt like the Queen of the Nile on Tuesday night.

Hickman, 30, showed up at the Civitan’s annual Halloween party decked out in her elbow-length black hair, golden crown and light blue veil. She said she comes to the Halloween party every year.

“It’s fun,” Hickman said as her mother, Loretta Hickman, straightened out her hair. “I get to meet people I don’t know.”

At Tuesday’s party, held at the Civitan Clubhouse, Hickman got to meet at least two Snow Whites, Supergirl, a blue Avatar dude, Grim Reaper, and all sorts of ghouls, ghosts, princesses and purple people. Muskogee Civitan Club President Betty Franks said she counted at least 60 adult guests Tuesday and expected 90.

“Sometimes it’s a real big party, sometimes its not so big,” Franks said as she wound her way around tables, carrying a tray of hot dogs. “Tonight is a good night. We got the word out.”

Franks said the Civitans sent invitations to several groups serving adults with disabilities, including INCOR and a First Baptist Church Sunday school class.

Civitan member Mary K. Isaacs said many adults look forward all year to the party.

“A lot of these people don’t have families, and some have a sad life,” Isaacs said. “They really need something to look forward to. They need someone their age they can have fun with. This gives them a chance to be with someone their own age.”

Loretta Hickman said she sees that enthusiasm in her daughter.

She said the party is “something she enjoys and looks forward to coming to each year.”

Sometimes Michelle meets old friends as well as new ones.

When a man dressed as Elvis snuck up beside her, Michelle Hickman said, “Charlie is next to me.”

Someone corrected her and said, “It’s Elvis.” She said, “I know it’s still Charlie.”

Michelle was only Queen of the Nile for a while, however.

Laura Cook soon showed up to the party, also dressed like Cleopatra.

Cook gave Hickman a hug and said, “No matter who wins, we’re still best friends.”

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogee


Other Halloween events

Trick-or-treat times

The following cities will observe Halloween on Oct. 31: Muskogee, Fort Gibson, Braggs, Warner, Webbers Falls, Wagoner, Checotah, Eufaula and Tahlequah.

The following is a list of times children may trick-or-treat:

• Muskogee — 6 to 8 p.m.

• Fort Gibson — 5:30 to 10 p.m.

• Warner — dusk to 9 p.m.

• Wagoner — 6:30 to 9 p.m.

• Checotah — 5 to 7 p.m.

• Eufaula — 4 to 9 p.m.

• Tahlequah, Braggs, and Webber Falls have no set hours.

• The town of Okay will celebrate Halloween on Oct. 29.

Community events


The city of Muskogee will have sites for trick or treaters to visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday for Halloween.

• Muskogee Police Department, 112 S. Third St.

• City Hall, 229 W. Okmulgee Ave.

• Muskogee Fire Stations    

    • 515 Columbus St.

    • 2603 Border St.

    • 100 S. Country            Club Road

    • 1800 N. York St.

    • 513 E. Peak Blvd.

    • 200 N. 40th St.

First Church of the Nazarene, 2700 E. Peak Blvd.

The church will be hosting a Trunk or Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. All children and parents are welcome to dress up in friendly costumes and join the fun with games, hot dogs, bounce houses and candy.

Information: Monty Nichols at (918) 682-2592.


Sequoyah Schools will host a Halloween carnival for the community from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the school’s parking lot. The event is open to the public, and children of all ages are invited to attend. Tickets will cost 25 cents each. Carnival attractions include a cake walk, ring toss, ball throw, fortune telling and several others. There also will be a Halloween costume contest at 6:30 p.m. for children ages 5-10.

Information: (918) 453-5400, Ext.. 6129 or


Connors State College will be hosting a free haunted house at the Warner Campus from 7 p.m. until midnight Saturday. This event is open to the public. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Information: (918) 463-6245.