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Local celebrations abound in October

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The local events calendar is scheduled to kick into high gear beginning tomorrow evening (Oct. 23) for the first of four local events happening in conjunction with Halloween.

Events are slated to take place in and around the community with BOO at the Park scheduled to take place at Lake Tawakoni State Park, BOO on the Bricks scheduled to take place in downtown Wills Point, Tipis-N-Treats scheduled to take place at The Arrowhead Tipi Resort north of Wills Point and Hallelujah Night scheduled to take place at the International Outreach Church campus.

BOO at the Park

Lake Tawakoni State Park is once again sending out an invitation to those interested in enjoying a family-friendly event to close out the month of October, hosting their annual BOO in the Park event Oct. 23 beginning at 5 p.m.

Organizers behind this year’s effort stated, “Welcome to our annual BOO in the Park celebration. Bring the family out for a campsite decorating contest, pumpkin carving contest, trick or treating, and spooky storytelling.

“Come camp with us and decorate your campsite with your favorite scary decorations to receive your second night of camping free during your stay. There will be a campsite decorating contest and pumpkin carving contest for campers with awards to the favorites. We have a video showing pictures of our magnificent spider web and a spooky story reading at the amphitheater starting at 7 p.m. Come join in on the fun!”

The event fee is $5 per car.

BOO on the Bricks

The annual BOO on the Bricks celebration will take place from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 30 on the historic brick streets.

This year’s entry of the event is expected to be bigger and better than ever with the return of several crowd-pleasing events in the downtown area. Festivities on the schedule will include arts and crafts vendors, and the Kid’s Zone, a pet costume contest sponsored by Blair Dog Center, a kids costume contest sponsored by Wills Point Hardware, a chili cookoff sponsored by the Antique Tractor Club and much, much more.

Many local businesses will also join in the Halloween fun, passing out candy to trick or treaters that pass along N. Fourth St. in costume. Costume contest winners will each be awarded prizes. The event is free to the public.

Tipis-N-Treats

The newest addition to this year’s Halloween calendar will be held from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 30 at The Arrowhead Tipi Resort (located at 3670 FM 2475 ~ one mile from Lake Tawakoni State Park).

Resort officials stated, “This is a free family event for the community. Please join us for trick or treating, story time, games, a costume contest, hay rides and s’mores!

“Our event is in the evening after Boo on the Bricks in Wills Point. Have fun during the day and come back for more that night without having to redress the kids. Please call 469-556-6920 for more information.”

Hallelujah Night

International Outreach Church, located at 1404 Lake Drive, will wrap up this year’s October events calendar with their annual Hallelujah Night scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 31.

The IOC notes, “Hallelujah Night is a Christian alternative to what the world calls ‘Halloween’. It’s free, free, free! Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the food, fun, and fellowship, but only children 12 years old and under can register and participate in the games. Every child that comes will win lots of candy and prizes by playing the various games we have to offer.”

Organizers ask that all children be accompanied by an adult, and that participants and visitors avoid wearing scary costumes. Adults wearing masks will be prohibited.