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October 27, 2013

Family-oriented Halloween events, activities on tap

There are several Halloween events and activities planned for this week all geared toward the family for an evening of safe fun. Here are the events provided the Democrat to date:

Safe Halloween at WC

Weatherford College will again out on its Safe Halloween, sponsored by the college’s police department. Last year’s event drew about 6,000 people, organizers said.

Safe Halloween, on Thursday, Halloween Night, from 5-9 p.m., is a free event for the public to enjoy an evening of worry-free, safe trick-or-treating. The first hour of the event, 5-6 p.m., is reserved for children with special needs.

Admission is one can of non-perishable food.

Area businesses are invited to participate and set up game booths. Those interested in setting up a fun booth for the trick-or-treaters at Safe Halloween, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5-9 p.m., should call 817-594-1731 for more information.

BOOtanical Gardens

On Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the public is invited to attend Clark Gardens Botanical Park’s annual BOOtanical.

Activities include games, crafts, a fortune teller, face painting, movies in the chapel, the haunted train depot, music and food. The Mineral Wells Ram Theatre will entertain visitors with an educational experience known as “Walk on the Wild Side.” Groups walk through the garden while students act out nocturnal animals.

The costume competition is the most popular attraction of the evening. More than 100 contestants enter the contest ranging from infants to adults vying for prizes awarded in each age category.

The age categories are 0-3 years of age; 4-6 years of age; 7-10 years of age and 16 years and up. Contestants strut down the Channel Gardens catwalk to show off their costume in hopes of being crowned the winner; then the crowning of Mr. & Mrs. “Barker” County and Mr. & Mrs. “Palo Pinto Paws” County tops off the evening.

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