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Halloween at the YMCA on Oct. 29

Published 2:43pm Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Princesses, cowboys and superheroes have multiple options to participate in Halloween festivities throughout Chilton County this year.

Some of the events happening include the YMCA’s annual “Halloween at the Y” event on Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m. with trunk or treat, face painting, cake auction, inflatables, a hayride, cake walk and pumpkin painting costume contests.

Executive director Mary Beth Wyatt said the event is family-friendly and free to the public.

“We really try to promote a family event where kids can come out and just have fun,” Wyatt said. “Everything is set up like a carnival.”

Although the event is free, donations are accepted for the Strong Kids Campaign at the YMCA.

Wyatt said the new addition to the event this year is a photographer will be on scene to take photos of families in front of a fall scene.

“Our goal is to build strong families with an event that brings the community together,” Wyatt said. “We hope everyone will come out and have a lot of fun.”

Wyatt said space is still available if anyone is interested in the trunk or treat portion of the carnival, and donations for pre-packaged, sealed candy are still being taken.

For more information about the event, call (205) 755-2382.

Pre-schoolers from West End, Clanton First United Methodist Church and Clanton First Baptist Church will parade through downtown Clanton on Oct. 30 and 31 from 9 -10 a.m. dressed up in costume throughout the local businesses.

Clanton city clerk Debbie Orange said the city of Clanton is encouraging those interested in trick or treating to do so on Oct. 31.

“I know there are a lot of different things going on at the various churches and organizations throughout town but if you are planning to trick or treat, you should do so on Wednesday,” Orange said.

Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell would like to remind those planning to trick or treat on Oct. 31 to be safe and aware of surroundings when going out dressed up in costume.

“We encourage those that are planning to trick or treat to go in the early evening hours around dusk,” Stilwell said. “Wear some sort of reflective gear or take a flashlight so motorists can see you.”

Stilwell also said:

 

• Stay in neighborhoods that have a sense of familiarity or people that you know.

 

• Children should not be unsupervised and accompanied by an adult.

 

• Do not consume any candy that has not been inspected by an adult or that is unwrapped.

“I know there are many different events going on at the local churches and schools,” Stilwell said. “Our explorer program will also have trick or treating in the parking lot behind Clanton City Hall on Wednesday. Ultimately, we just want everyone to have fun and be safe.”

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