Scares and treats in store for kids this Halloween

Published 12:04 am Monday, October 26, 2015

NATCHEZ — While Miss-Lou residents carve their jack-o-lanterns and stock up on candy, several local organizations are also getting ready to conjure up some Halloween fun of their own this week.

Trunk-or-Treating in Ferriday

Trick-or-treaters should head on down to Haney’s Big House in Ferriday Thursday for an early opportunity to get some candy.

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Attendees can enjoy a haunted house, games, face-painting, a cake walk, free hotdogs and, of course, trunk-or-treating.

The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

Ghost Tales Around the Campfire and Halloween Duck Hunt

Families looking for some thrills and chills can gather around the campfire at Historic Jefferson College at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for spooky, but family-friendly, stories.

Event organizer Kay McNeil said the outdoor event would feature old-fashioned storytelling.

“Everyone is asked to bring a blanket or chair to sit on, and, of course, a flashlight because it’s dark,” McNeil said.

McNeil also advised attendees to bring a bag because when the stories end the Halloween Duck Hunt begins. Children are invited to explore the grounds looking for rubber ducks.

Some of the ducks have numbers on them, which children can bring back to the gift shop. Children will be asked a question and can browse displays to find answers.

If the question is answered correctly, the child is rewarded with a goodie bag.

“Plus, they get to keep their ducks,” McNeil said.

A Girl Scout troup is also scheduled to come and sell food, McNeil said Anyone interested in volunteering can hide ducks Thursday morning.

While the event is free, donations are appreciated. To volunteer, contact Director Robin Person at 601-442-2901.

Longwood Halloween Carnival

Another Halloween event with a historic twist is scheduled to take place Thursday is the Longwood Halloween Carnival.

“We always have it decorated kind of spooky and fun, and it’s just a neat event we look forward to every year,” event co-chairman Julie Johnson said.

The event, put on by the Pilgrimage Garden Club, will have games, a fortuneteller, a cake walk, face-painting, pumpkin-painting, a jumpy house and a hayride. Anyone feeling hungry can chow down on hot dogs, nachos and Frito pies.

Johnson said children are encouraged to wear costumes.

The carnival runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $5 a car. Tickets for games, the hayride and food are 50 cents each.

A wristband can be purchased for $15, allowing unlimited use of the event, except for food. T-shirts will also be sold for $10 each.

Proceeds go to the restoration and preservation of Longwood.

Cox Hill Fall Festival

With the approach of Halloween, the Cox Hill Fall Festival is entering its final weekend.

The Haunted Trail is on hand to provide scares, including a new tunnel. The trail is also filled with decorations taking inspiration from horror movies like “Pet Sematary.”

After thrill seekers brave the haunted trail, they can enjoy music and a variety of games. For the weekend of Halloween, children’s booths will also be open.

The festival opens at a 7 p.m. at 18A Springfield Road Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under.

Proceeds from the festival go to the family of cancer patient Marty Probst, who died Oct. 24, to help with expenses.

For more information, organizer Cathy Cox Warren can be reached at 601-431-3377.

Trick or Treat for Little Feet

Streets in downtown Natchez will be filled with pint-sized ghouls from 5 to 7 p.m. Halloween night for Trick or Treat for Little Feet

“We close down the streets in downtown and the kids can come around to the businesses and collect candy,” organizer Daphne Taylor Lee said.

The event, sponsored by the Natchez Downtown Development Association, is geared toward children 12 and under, who must be accompanied by an adult. In case of bad weather, Taylor said the event will be moved.

Main and Franklin streets, as well as the streets that run through them, will be closed for the event.