Paris and the surrounding communities will soon be bustling with children and those young at heart dressed in costumes traveling from home to home exclaiming trick or treat.
The Halloween holiday tradition dates back to the 1920s in North America but in recent years other forms of trick or treating have evolved such as trunk or treat and other variations of the late October ritual.
One of those alternative Halloween practices is Paris’ Scare on the Square where businesses host trick or treating from 5 to 7 p.m. on Halloween. Starting at Prospect Bank where youngsters receive a bag for candy, trick or treaters make their way around the downtown collecting sweet treats from local shops and businesses.
“We have done this for several years and have had a great response. About 600 children attended last year’s event,” said Paris Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Lane noting all local businesses are welcome to set up a table on the courthouse square. Businesses or organizations committed to participating this year include Prospect Bank, Dalbey Designs, Ingrum Waste, Longview Bank, First Mid Bank & Trust, First Farmers Bank, Dimond Bros., Benjamin's, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Paris Chamber and First Christian Church of Paris.
“It is a safe environment for children to enjoy trick-or-treating,” Lane said. Contact Lane at the chamber for additional information 217-465-4175.
Trick-or-Treating hours in Paris are 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween.
A Trunk or Treat, where trick-or-treating is done from parked car to parked car, is 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Paris First Church of the Nazarene, 921 Shaw Ave. for youngsters birth through sixth grade.
“We want the community and children to know we care for them. This is a secure place to get treats and a fun event for the kids,” said Pastor Gary A. Williamson.
The Paris Pacers Running Club is doing a Trick or Trot at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Runners are encouraged to wear a Halloween costume and have fun with the 5K course that welcomes walkers.
Chrisman has a Scare on the Square haunted house attraction at 6 p.m. Oct. 20, 26 and 27 above the library. Proceeds benefit the library.
Also on Friday, Oct. 26, is the Chrisman Area Community Club’s costume contest. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the junior high school gymnasium. Club member Loretta Hale said First Farmers Bank is donating prizes in five categories. Helping sponsor this year’s event is the Chrisman Cafe and the Family Market Cafe and Deli.
The Chrisman community trick or treat hours are 5-8 p.m. Halloween night.
The Kansas Lions Club hosts the annual Halloween Contest at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the school’s old gymnasium. This year’s theme is “I’m Here for the Boos,” and cash prizes are given to the top three costumes in eight different age categories along with a group costume prize, youngest in costume, oldest in costume, best of theme and an overall grand prize winner. Donuts and apple cider will be served and each contestant receives a treat. The Kansas community trick or treating is 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween.
Hume’s trick or treating hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31, and Metcalf is also doing trick or treating that evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Redmon is doing trick or treating 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 for houses that have a porch light on.
Marshall’s Chamber of Commerce has planned a trunk or treat from 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in downtown Marshall. The scarecrow contest winner is announced at 4:55 p.m., and the Fall Frolic costume contest is 5 p.m. at the bandstand on the Clark County Courthouse square.
Chamber director Jennifer Bishop said first, second and third place prizes will be presented to contestants in different age groups. Trick or treating in Marshall is 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31.
Oakland Trick or Treat hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. The Oakland Chamber of Commerce is hosting a costume party and contest at 7 p.m. in the all-purpose room at Lake Crest Elementary School. Cookies will be served.
In Brocton, trick or treat hours are 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, coinciding with the annual community wiener roast sponsored by the American Legion. Activities move inside the Legion at 7:30 p.m. for a costume contest.
Trick or treating hours in the village of Vermilion are 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31.
Newman is doing a trunk or treat on the town square 2-4 p.m. Oct. 28