Vicksburg has many opportunities for holiday

Published 10:44 am Monday, October 26, 2015

This weekend marks All Hallows Eve or Halloween. The spooky fun holiday where people wear costumes, eat candy and scare themselves with stories and movies.

While watching scary movies isn’t my favorite pastime, I really enjoy all things holiday. Whether it’s the decorations, traditions or the special foods only eaten once a year, having a reason to have fun and celebrate is exciting.

Some people have trouble understanding the reasons why the day is celebrated, but putting the devilish connotations aside, it really is just what you make of it. Whether you love Halloween or not, there are activities and events happening across Vicksburg throughout the week for all to enjoy and join in on.

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For those who aren’t a big fan of the holiday, there are multiple church led functions, many on Wednesday, which might be more up your alley.

Some churches like Vicksburg Church of Christ (Holiness) USA which hosts Holy-Ween at 1720 Grove St., will have trunk-or-treat events, where kids trick-or-treat at church members open vehicle trunks in a parking lot. This activity is supposed to be safer than going door to door at houses where people do not know the occupants.

First Baptist Church, 1607 Cherry St., is having a Pumpkin Party for children under 12 with games, candy, food and inflatables. Participants are asked to not wear scary costumes. No doubt, multiple other church organizations are using the holiday for a good time.

Those who like staying active can participate downtown Saturday in the first ever Spooky Sprint 5K and one mile fun run, organized as a fundraiser to benefit Vicksburg Catholic Schools. At the end of the race, there will be a carnival after party with food and music.

Some people really love the thrill and adrenaline rush of being scared. Looking at creepy masks and decrepit decorations excites them as they are being screamed at by darkly clothed figures. The Frightmare Asylum located in Vicksburg Mall, 3505 Pemberton Square Blvd., is exactly where those people need to be.

With its bloody hand printed rooms and darkened long-stretching halls, anyone who dares to enter will surely not leave as brave as they thought they were. Entry fees support the Warren Central Big Blue Band.

For those who do trick-or-treat or just find themselves with an abundance of candy, visit Chaney Dental, 3205 Wisconsin Avenue, where they will buy the candy and give it to soldiers. Sellers get money, gift cards and a toothbrush.

Vicksburg has an abundance of options for nearly everyone this Halloween. Go out and join the community.