SIKESTON -- Think there's nothing to do but give out candy this Halloween? Think again.
Area establishments are providing plenty of Halloween fun not only for children, but for adults, too.
Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores is conducting its eighth annual community Halloween trick-or-treat event from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the outlet stores.
"Tents will be set up on the parking lot with different items available. Kids go trick-or-treating to each of our 22 stores, where our merchants will be dressed up in costumes," explained Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores Manager Lisa Neumeyer. "We have between 750 and 1,000 children come each year."
Back after several years of absence at the SFOS event is the Miner Fire Department's Fire Safety House, a two-story house children can explore, Neumeyer noted. Sponsors will also give away ice cream, sodas and cookies. Free glow-in-the-dark necklaces will be available as well as free fingerprinting for children.
"You don't have to worry about the kids -- it's a safe environment. They'll get candy and treats and have a good time," Neumeyer assured.
Also, Good Humor-Breyers will give out ice cream treats to individuals who come in their costumes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Good-Humor Breyers plant located at 1010 County Line Road in Sikeston.
For the first time, the Portageville Citizens for a Better Tomorrow Club will host a Halloween Fun Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Meatte Park.
"It's a drop-in at the park," said Shirley Patton of the club. "We'll have a parade and the children can walk around the track in their costumes. We'll read some stories and go through a maze. At the end, we'll offer a bag of candy for children up to age 10."
Scott County Heart Health Coalition will sponsor "Harvest Fest" from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lincoln Gloryland Community Center, 229 Westgate St., for children ages 16 and under. Kids can come dressed in their Halloween costumes (no scary costumes, please) for a costume judging contest. Games, treat bags, food and prizes are planned. Admission is $2 each.
The Morehouse Volunteer Fire Department has planned a "Haunted Park" at the Morehouse City Park beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday and again Friday and Saturday nights. For a $1 per person, individuals will walk through the Haunted Park starting at the West Gate. Each visitor will receive Halloween night goodies.
And for the adults, four Scott County bars are teaming up again this year to bring the "Haunted Bus," which will begin operation Friday, leaving The Corner Bar and Grill at Benton at 6 p.m., going to Boondocks at Morley, then to Schindler's Tavern at New Hamburg and the Kelso Country Club and back for the second round.
Contests, specials and entertainment are planned at each bar. The cost to ride is $5 with proceeds donated to the Kenny Rogers Children's Center.
Also for anyone over 21, the Malone Street Station, located inside the Raudmont Inn, previously the Ramada Inn, in Sikeston is hosting a costume party. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday with a slight return at 9 p.m. The costume party begins at 10:30 p.m., and $100 will be awarded to the person with the best costume.