The annual Halloween Carnival held at the Williams Elementary/Middle School and sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization has changed this year.
“We were trying to revamp it,” said Randi Parenteau, treasurer of the PTO. “We had some people complain last year because we held it on Halloween.
“There are a lot of people who don’t like Halloween and don’t celebrate Halloween.”
The new name of the annual event is the Fall Festival, which will be held 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at WEMS, 601 N. Seventh St.
Tuning the carnival to the needs of the public is what the PTO is attempting to do, said Leisa Watkins, president of the PTO.
“We’re trying to make it as community friendly as possible,” she said.
Only a few things about the carnival have changed, Parenteau said.
“We’re not doing the costume contest and we’re not doing the pumpkin carving,” she said.
The Fall Festival will include games like the cake walk, fish pond and basketball shoot, and Mexican food, such as burritos and nachos, will be available.
Several high school clubs and groups will host games or tables at the Fall Festival, along with Head Start, the Williams Rotary Club and perhaps the Cub Scouts.
“If there are groups out there that want to participate, they need to contact Mary O’Brien (pre-first teacher at WEMS),” said Watkins. “She’s the one who knows who is doing what and what events are already taken.”
The annual festival is always host to a raffle.
“We’re kicking around the idea of doing a 50/50 raffle for money,” Parenteau said.
Again this year, Buckles Family Restaurant is providing the toys for the games.
“It’s (the Fall Festival) more of a fall get together for the family to come out and enjoy,” Parenteau said.
Goblins and spooks haunting the streets of Williams around Halloween will have ample ghoulish events to choose from in town — costume contests, dances and a haunted house for the fearless.
The Youth Recreation Center annual Halloween Costume Dance will be 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 27. This dance is for youth ages 5 through 20 and parents are welcome.
Canyon Club contest
The 16th annual Canyon Club Halloween party and costume contest will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. There will be a cash prize for first place and other prizes. No minors will be allowed. The Canyon Club is located at 126 W. Route 66.
The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Halloween Business Decorating Contest Oct. 31. Categories are Best Exterior Decoration, Best Interior Decoration, Best Costumes and Best Theme.
Judging will be done by Williams High School students and will take place between 3-5 p.m., on Halloween day. Businesses can request specific, times for the judges to visit during that period.
The Halloween contest is a Williams tradition that has gone on for many years as businesses get into the spirit of autumn in northern Arizona.
o The Williams Drug Awareness Resistance Education is the benefactor of the Hernandez family Haunted House, 317 W. Grant Ave., on Halloween night. The frightening experience will begin at 7 p.m. No one under the age of 8 will be permitted. However, there will be candy for the younger trick-or-treaters.