Viola Town Square will be the location of treats, but no tricks, Saturday, Oct. 20.
Halloween in the Park in downtown Viola will be held around the square with residents offering visitors a free evening of fun for trick-or-treaters with candy, cookies, desserts, drinks, hayrides and a best-dressed costume contest from 6-8 p.m.
Carolyn Garretson is urging everyone to come out and partake in Viola’s community spirit.
“This is offered by the residents of Viola,” said Garretson. “We have just as much fun offering it as people do participating in it. We want everyone to come out and enjoy themselves. Everything is free and we’re having our traditional costume contest for the children.”
The costume contest is for children and cash prizes will be given for first place $15, second $10, and third $5. Special guest judges are yet to be announced.
This is the fifth annual Halloween in the Park. The last four years, the evening has offered children spook-tacular fun with free bobbing for apples, a scavenger hunt in the park, and hayrides through Viola, both non-scary and scary.
Local residents – some dressed in their Halloween best – are on hand to offer children a chance to trick-or-treat for candy, as well as providing them and their parents free hot apple cider and hotdogs.
This event, as well as Christmas in Viola offered in December, is a community effort by the residents of Viola. A date prior to Halloween is chosen because so many people already have trick-or-treat plans Halloween night.