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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.

The event benefits the Center of Life and CARE (Community Animal Rescue Effort) organizations. Admission into the event is a non-perishable food donation or pet food donation. Cash is accepted and donated to Center of Life or CARE.

For more information about BOOtanical go to or contact Lauren at or 940-682-4856. Clark Gardens is located at 567 Maddux Road, Weatherford, TX 76088.


Several public trunk-or-treat events are planned in the area as well:

• Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter is offering a Trunk-or-Treat event Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the shelter, 403 Hickory Lane, in Weatherford. This safe, family friendly event provides a chance to get an early start on the candy gathering and also a chance to see all the shelter’s animals and possibly go home with a new friend. The October special of all black dogs and orange cats for a $25 adoption fee, including spay/neutering, vaccinations and microchip, is still ongoing. Children and pets are encouraged to come by in costume.

• Central Christian Church, 1602 S. Main St., invites the public to join them the night before Halloween for Trunk-or-Treat. The event takes places 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. There will be food, games, hay rides, bounce houses, prizes and, of course, treats.

• Community Baptist Church’s fall festival takes place 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1101 W. Ball St., in Weatherford. There will be games, candy, face painting, food, puppet show and small door prizes.

• First Baptist Church of Weatherford’s 36th annual fall festival is 5-8 p.m. Thursday. The theme is “At the Circus.” The main festival, held in the church’s Family Life Center, will be host to games, food and fun. In the church’s fellowship hall, just adjacent to the Family Life Center, a room of games for children age 6 and under will be included. The activities to be included are games with prizes given and various activities free for the entire family. A concession stand will provide food and drink items at reasonable prices. This year some nice door prizes courtesy of some Weatherford businesses will be given. More information may be obtained by calling 817-594-5457.

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