Halloween weekend hijinks in Williams
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - While zombies may or may not be real, there will likely be plenty of spooky characters roaming the streets of Williams this weekend. With Halloween just a few days away, those looking to put a little fright into the next few nights are in luck with plenty of fun activities on offer around town.
WEMS Halloween/Fall Carnival
The frightening festivities begin with the Williams Elementary-Middle School Halloween/Fall Carnival tomorrow from 5-7:30 p.m. The popular annual carnival will include a costume contest, haunted house and plenty of food.
Carnival organizer Deniz Chavez-Brock said the costume contest will be divided into age categories all the way up to adults.
Prizes include stuffed animals, personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut, and ice cream sundae coupons, among others.
Chavez-Brock said most of the proceeds from the carnival go to the third grade overnight trip to the Phoenix Zoo. Individual teachers sponsor each booth.
"They get to keep 80 percent of whatever they take in and the third grade keeps 20 percent," Chavez-Brock said.
Game booths will include a fishpond, balloon dart throw, golf putting, miniature bowling, basketball toss and football toss. Tickets to play the games are four for $1 with most games requiring three to four tickets.
Those who attend the carnival on an empty stomach will be in luck. The third grade class plans to offer bean and green chili burritos with rice. Nachos and pickles will also be for sale. Special Olympics will sell soda as well.
The haunted house will be constructed on the auditorium stage. This year, the eighth grade class will sponsor the spooky attraction with 80 percent of the proceeds going toward the end of year promotion and a possible class trip.
The spooky attraction will be limited to children 10-years-old and up.
Rec Center Halloween Fair and Spooktacular Haunted House
Set aside a little bit of money to help out some great community causes while getting super scared at the spooktacular haunted house and Halloween fair at the Williams Recreation Center and skate park, 301 W. Railroad Ave. Screams mixed with fun for the entire family will be offered 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Halloween fair will include family crafts, games and goodies for all. Proceeds will benefit the Williams Students Against Destructive Decisions Chapter, the Williams Elementary-Middle School Art Program and the Williams Food Bank.
The cost is $2 per person per time for admission to the haunted house. The cost of the Halloween fair is $1 for five tickets. For just one ticket each, test your aim while tossing bean bags or rings, fish for prizes, obtain a reading from a fortune teller and even dig for graves.
Are you short on cash but still want to have a good time? Bring cans of food to donate to the food bank. Two cans of food will get you inside the haunted house and one can of food is equivalent to five Halloween fair tickets.
To find out how you can help or for more information, call 635-1496 or 635-6784.
Canyon Club Halloween Party and Costume Contest
Head down to the Canyon Club's Halloween party Saturday from 7 p.m. until Midnight. The party features DJ Bubbly Boils Bob with drink specials created by Miss Jackie Hyde behind the bar. The costume contest begins around 9 p.m. with cash prizes awarded for best costume, scariest costume and most original costume.
Denny's Halloween Costume Party
Don't miss Denny's Halloween costume party 6-11 p.m. Saturday. Take advantage of great appetizers and drink specials.
Put on your most creative costumes and win cash. First prize is worth $100, second prize is $50 and third prize will receive $25.
Denny's is located at 2550 W. Route 66. For more information, call 635-2052.
KOA Campground Trick or Treat
Grand Canyon KOA invites area residents to stop by and trick or treat.
Campground Manager Judy Lollich said staff will be on hand to hand out "really big" trick or treat bags Saturday through Monday.
She added that the campground is decorated to the hilt and hopes families living along Highway 64 will stop by.
For more information call (928) 635-2307.
Trunk or Treat
Looking for a safe way to trick or treat? Monday evening at 6 p.m., Trunk or Treat will take place in the parking lot of the Methodist Church, at Second and Sherman. There will be games, carnival events and lots of candy. Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be available for everyone as kids enjoy the decorated trunks and candy.
Junipine Fire Station Fall Festival
The Junipine Fire Department's annual Fall Festival will take place 5-8 p.m. on Halloween at the firehouse.
There will be games and piñatas for the youngsters. A raffle will include two car-full passes to Bearizona, courtesy of Bearizona; a helicopter ride for two courtesy of Papillon Grand Canyon; 1500 gallons of water, courtesy of Running Water, in their delivery area; and a video console game.
Sandoval's "Halloween House"
Open to kids of all ages, the Sandoval family presents their Halloween Maze from 6-10:30 p.m. Monday at 631 W. Oak Street.
Bring a can of food to donate to the Williams Food Bank for admission.
According to Christina Sandoval, the spooky maze through a cemetery and gaggle of scary characters has become a yearly tradition. This year, she has added even more frightening props to the popular Halloween attraction.
For more information call Christina Sandoval at (928) 814-6915.