South­west City Cel­e­brates Hal­loween With Fam­ily Fes­tiv­i­ties

McDonald County Press - - COUNTY - Rachel Dick­er­son

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.

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