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.