Southwest City Celebrates Halloween With Family Festivities
Southwest City’s Blankenship Park was filled with children in costume on Halloween night as trunk-ortreat and other festivities took place.
Ginger Cooper was dressed as the lion from “The Wizard of Oz.” She and some friends were dressed as the entire cast of the film while they handed out candy to kids. She said she comes to the event every year.
“A couple of years I did (costume-contest) judging. I’ve dressed up probably four years,” she said. “I think it’s great,” she said of the event. “I love that it’s a safe place for the kids. They get to play, have free hot chocolate; (it’s) just a great environment.”
Ellis Clayton was attending the event with his wife, Kathy, and stepdaughter, Melanie. It was his first time to attend.
“It beats the heck out of these kids running around to these houses,” he said. “They’ve got good lighting. They can be watched and stay out of trouble.”
Melody Sutherland, with Opaa, is the kitchen manager at Noel Primary School. She said Opaa (the McDonald County R-1 School District’s food supplier) wanted to provide a healthy alternative to candy, so Opaa donated 800 packages of sliced apples.
“This is our second year. We did 700 apple slices last year and had to add another hundred to keep up with the demand,” Sutherland said.
“I love it. I think it’s wonderful,” she said of the event. “It keeps the kids safe. (It’s a) great family event!”
Evelyn Brown lives in Oklahoma but works at a bank in Southwest City. This was her second time at the Halloween event.
“Anytime I get to give candy to kids, I enjoy it,” she said.
The night’s festivities also included a costume contest, bounce houses and a fire pit at which people could roast their own hot dogs and marshmallows.
Brinnleigh Williams was dressed as a chicken on Halloween night at the Halloween event at Blankenship Park in Southwest City.
Ginger Cooper, left, gives some candy to Gracie McCullough at the Halloween event at Southwest City’s Blankenship Park on Halloween night.