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Candy, not clowns, plentiful for Halloween

Photo by Donna Campbell/Trick-or-treaters will be making the rounds through the neighborhoods Monday, stopping at homes like this on on Natchez Avenue to fill their bags with candy.

Photo by Donna Campbell/Trick-or-treaters will be making the rounds through the neighborhoods Monday, stopping at homes like this on on Natchez Avenue to fill their bags with candy.

It looks like it’s going to be a boo-tiful night in Brookhaven Monday for trick-or-treaters to get their candy fix.

The National Weather Service predicts it will be mostly clear with a low of 59 degrees.

The treats should be plentiful and the clowns non-existent.

Brookhaven Police Chief Bobby Bell has asked that children — and adults — refrain from wearing clown costumes, either spooky or cute. With all the clown shenanigans nationwide in recent weeks, anything from Bozo to Pennywise is discouraged.

“I have some concerns,” Bell told the Brookhaven Board of Aldermen at an Oct. 4 meeting. “My concern is about Halloween, and the clown thing. I want to see if you would encourage the community not to dress their kids up as clowns, and not to buy clown outfits this year. We have so much going on, and we have so many kids around here that’s already afraid of the clowns, we don’t want to add to it.”

Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing also discouraged clown costumes for Halloween, or any other time.

“I don’t suggest dressing up like a clown, but otherwise please be safe when you take the kids out trick-or-treating,” he said.

Neither Brookhaven nor Lincoln County have set times or curfews in place for trick-or-treating. Wesson is also curfew-free for the kiddos.

If going door-to-door isn’t your bag, there are several Halloween haunts available for visits this week. Mississippi School of the Arts’ Artoberfest Haunted House will be in Cooper Hall, Oct. 28 and 29 from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Cooper Hall, built in 1914, is a dark, old building that has been abandoned for many years. This year, the school will turn the old building into a horror-filled Home Seekers Paradise, MSA school advancement director Jennifer Jackson said.

Admission to the haunted house is $5 for the first entry, and $3 for each consecutive entry.

The house is recommended for children 10 and up.

For the 10th year in a row, the Ruth Volunteer Fire Department will be transformed into a haunted house fit to scare. Guests can visit the haunted house Oct. 28 and 29 from 7 p.m. to midnight. A $5 entry fee gives access to the biggest RVFD haunted house yet. The building is complete with mazes and themed rooms such as the cemetery room. Dead ends and frights are at every turn with ghosts, goblins, witches and yes, even clowns. But only for the staff. Organizers said visitors are required to come clown-free or they’ll be asked to take off their costume before entering.

For those who like a tamer Halloween treat, there will be bingo Friday nights and cakewalks Saturday nights for $1 per game.

Proceeds from the RVFD annual Haunted House go directly to gear, equipment and funds to keep the department running.

The Wesson Halloween Haunt on Anderson Road features “Silent Oaks Cemetery.” Families are in for a treat with Brian and Beth King’s Halloween display, which features a horse drawn hearse, singing pumpkins and tombstones.

The display will be lit up every night from 7 to 10 p.m through Halloween.

The display sits on the left side of Anderson Road, in front of the Kings’ House which is located at 4179 Anderson Road in Wesson.

Some other organizations and churches featuring Halloween and fall events include:

Saturday, Oct. 29

• VFW Post 4806 will sponsor a Halloween carnival across from the Oasis on South First Street. All children 13 and younger are invited. Children should wear costumes (no clowns). Adults are asked to stay with their children. No drop-offs are allowed. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase.

• Mt. Zion Church of Christ will host its fall festival and fish fry at 5:30 p.m. Activities include a hay ride, trunk or treat, games and food. The church is located at 960 George Trail.

• Mt. Moriah Baptist Church is having a fall festival from 6-8 p.m. Activities will include a cardboard maze, trunk-or-treat, bouncy house, face painting, cupcake walk, games, refreshments, and more. Wear your friendly costume.

Sunday, Oct. 30

• Southway Baptist Church will have a fall festival from 4-6:30 p.m. with trunk-or-treating, games and inflatables. Costumes are welcome, but shouldn’t be scary. The church is located at 1107 South Jackson St. Ext.

• Country artist Jeff Bates will perform at Philadelphia Baptist Church’s fall festival, which will be from 4-6 p.m. at 3646 Hwy. 550 NW in Wesson.

• Faith Presbyterian Church will have a reformation celebration from 4-6 p.m. There will be games, inflatables, and candy. Costumes welcome.