By LIBBY CLUETT
With Halloween just a week away, parents may be deciding what’s best for them and their kiddos.
There are several local events for kids, as well as pets and adults, to enjoy safe, friendly and educational activities related to Halloween and its lore. Here are just some of the Mineral Wells options:
• Pumpkin decorating at Boyce Ditto Public Library takes place Friday, 4-5:30 p.m. Bring your own pumpkin and the library will provide all the decorating supplies – just not knives. For more information, call Chasity at 940-328-7880.
• VFW Haunted Asylum (House) starts Friday and continues on Saturday, Oct. 26, Thursday, Oct. 31, Friday, Nov 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2. On Fridays, the asylum will be open 9 p.m.-midnight; on Thursday and Saturdays, it will open 7 p.m. – midnight. The VFW Haunted Asylum is located at 1400 S.E. VFW St. Admission is $5 per body ... enter if you dare. Food is available at a concession stand. For a flyer, visit www.vfwpost2399.org.
• Wiener-dog races and pet costume contest at Walden Farm & Ranch Supply in Mineral Wells. Have you ever been to a Wiener dog race? If not, come out to the annual Wiener Dog Races and Pet Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct. 26, to see what all the fuss is about. Registration is at 9 a.m., with costume contest at 9:30 a.m. and races at 10:30 a.m. Wiener dogs (Dachshunds) are not necessarily fierce competitors, but are fun to watch. Each owner has a personal method for training a Wiener-dog racer, which they hope will bring their dog to the finish line first – sometimes, just to the finish line.
When the starting gate goes up, some Dachshunds run and some wander, while others stand around sniffing their neighbors. But it’s all good fun.
Whatever the result, it’s an enjoyable experience for participants and spectators alike. Let your pooch get a moment in the spotlight.
• Family Fall Fun Fest at Mineral Wells Church of God, 2501 S.E. 14th Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. Trunk or Treat, hayrides and games.
• Spider Walk – Starting at 7 p.m, join Lake Mineral Wells State Park Interpreter, David Owens, at the Amphitheater to learn the importance of spiders in the wild. Owens will show slides and talk about the different types of spiders, then focus on the Wolf Spider. Afterwards, participants will take a walk down the LMWSP Trailway with flashlights, watching for the eye-shine reflection of the park’s Wolf Spiders. Bring along a lawn chair.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
• Ghost Story Campfire at Boyce Ditto Library is Wednesday, Oct. 30, starting at 4:30 pm. Kids are invited to join the BDPL Teen Council for spooky ghost stories, a craft and a snack! Also, the library will have candy for trick-or-treaters at the circulation desk on Halloween!
Thursday, Oct. 31 (Halloween)
• Trunk or Treat at First Christian Church, 5:30-7:30 p.m. In stead of going door to door, families can dress up and decorate their vehicle trunks and hand out candy, and visit each trunk.
This fun event – for all ages – includes activities, like games and hayrides, and will have hot dogs and drinks. Trunk or Treat at First Christian Church takes place on the east side of the church, which is located at located at 302 N.W. 6th St.
• BOOtanical –Halloween is a night for children and adults alike to dress up as their heroes, favorite characters and scary zombies, but at Clark Gardens BOOtanical Park, Halloween is for pets, too. Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Clark Gardens becomes a marvelously fun place for kids of all ages to enjoy Halloween. The event is also a time the gardens participate in a area-wide food drive benefiting local service organizations, food banks and animal shelters.
Activities at BOOtanical include games, crafts, a fortune teller, face painting, ghostly movies in the Chapel, the haunted train depot, music and food. The Mineral Wells Ram Theatre will entertain visitors with an educational experience known as “Walk on the Wild Side;” while groups walk through the garden, students act out nocturnal animals.
Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item or pet food; otherwise, regular garden admission fees apply. The event benefits the Mineral Wells Center of Life and Community Animal Rescue Effort.