Despite appropriate ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and the cancellation of some fun events, Benton County kids will still have plenty of opportunities to dress up and go for the Halloween goodies this year. Area organizations and agencies have made plans for a good time to be had by all.
Several trunk or treat events will be held around the county on Saturday, Oct. 31. From 2-5 p.m., Camden Elks Lodge 2156 will host their event. From 3-5 p.m., Camden First United Pentecostal Church and First Baptist will treat the youngsters. FBC also will be handing out a jacket or coat to anyone who needs one. The Eva Community will host their version of trunk or treat from 5-7 p.m. at Eva Beach.
Local law enforcement also is getting in on the act. From 4-6 p.m. the Camden Police Department will host a trick or treat party at the police station, while the Benton County Sheriff’s Office will host their trick or treat party from 5-7 p.m. at the old Phillips 66 parking lot on Main St. in Camden. In case of rain, go to the Camden City Park Pavilion.
In Big Sandy, from 4-8 p.m. McRae’s Chapel Baptist Church will have a drive-thru trick or treat. The American Legion, Mayor Autumn Ratliff, and local stores Big Sandy Market, Cash Saver, Family Dollar, Dollar General, and the Point BBQ will being handing out goodies as well, from 4-7 p.m.
NBF State Park is holding a fall festival from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday. The event will take place at the Group Lodge across from Happy Hollow Campground. Baby J’s Food Truck will sell tacos and other snacks.
For those who want to do something different for Halloween, visit the Magic Valley Saddle Club Halloween show at the arena on Hwy. 641 S. in Camden at 7 p.m. Full concessions will be available, and candy for trick or treaters.
“Have fun, but take precautions to stay safe this Halloween,” noted Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher. “Wear reflective clothing, stay in groups, and know something about the homes your kids will visit. We recommend that each group of kids has at least one adult with them, and it is always best for an adult to look through the candy that is collected before just letting the kids dive in. We want everyone to have a good Halloween, but be safe and smart at the same time.”
At this time of year, it is a sad reality that we must all be careful about the intentions of those around us. Parents who have any concerns may want to check for offenders in our midst by visiting SOR.TBI.TN.GOV/SOmainpg.aspx and clicking on the Benton County tab.
Keep a watch on the Facebook pages of your favorite agencies and organizations to seek if any changes in schedules or plans are posted before the scheduled event(s) that you plan to attend. We at The Chronicle hope that all have a great holiday!