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Halloween events planned

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

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Hannah Payne, 2, helped Hunter Acres Caring Center decorate for Halloween Tuesday afternoon.
SIKESTON - Parents looking for safe Halloween fun will

be able to choose from several events open to the

public Oct. 31.

The Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores are keeping their

tradition of passing out candy "so kids can trick or

treat and be able to do it in a safe environment,"

said Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores manager Lisa

Neumeyer. "This is our sixth year."

Refreshments, prizes, and safe trick or treating for

children 12 and under will be available from 4-7 p.m.

at the outlet stores. Neumeyer said the first 500 kids

to arrive will also get a free glow-in-the-dark

necklace courtesy of Sonny's Solid Waste.

Donations and contributions from sponsors keep this

event free for area children, according to Neumeyer.

Sponsors for the event so far include the Miner Police

and Fire Department, Drury Southwest and Alan Wire in

addition to donations from individuals.

Those interested in donating prizes or otherwise

sponsoring this event can call Neumeyer at 472-2222.

The YMCA of Southeast Missouri will host "The Night of

Make Believe" from 6-8 p.m. at the YMCA on Tanner

Street, according to Jeff Partridge, director. "We do

it in conjunction with several of the churches in

town."

The cost is $1 per child and is open to the public.

Children must be accompanied by adult, however.

"The Night of Make Believe" will feature "games,

activities, story telling, face painting, candy,

snacks - all that sort of stuff," said Partridge.

"This is the third year we've done this."

For those who prefer non-frightening and non-violent

costumes, the Hunter Acres Caring Center will host a

"Haunted Carnival" from 10-11:30 a.m. for children 10

and under in the facility's large dining room.

Another option for those preferring events without

scary costumes is the Second Annual Harvest Fest being

held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mission Missouri at 218 Dixie

Street sponsored by the Scott County Heart Health

Coalition.

Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Children

under age 10 must be accompanied by a parent.

For more information about the games, treats, prizes

and food planned for the evening of Oct. 31, call

Tonya Bonner at 472-6376.

Missy Marshall, director of the Sikeston Area Chamber

of Commerce, said those in the area should also

consider events planned for Saturday at both Beggs

Pumpkin Patch and Granny's Antiques and SEMO Ag

Museum. "The haunted hay maze seems to be the big

thing now," said Marshall.

Area day care center kids are invited to visit some of

the local nursing homes Oct. 31 as well.

Clearview Nursery and Rehabilitation Center residents

will pass out candy during "trick or treat" visits

from area day cares scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3

p.m.

The East Prairie Nursing Center will have cookies and

punch at 10:30 a.m. for day care students and will

award prizes for the ugliest, prettiest and most

original costumes.