By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
Harker Heights will celebrate Halloween from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday with live music, games, costumes and candy at Carl Levin Park.
Parks and Recreation, along with several other city departments and city organizations, will hold its traditional Halloween Hoopla on Friday. Everyone, especially little goblins, gremlins, ghosts and ghouls, are welcome to come – in or out of costume.
"The Halloween Hoopla is a fun-filled evening to provide families with a fun and safe alternative for trick-or-treating," said Nichole Broemer, recreation and events coordinator.
One of the newest features this year will be the live music, Broemer said. Rockin' Rick and the Corvettes will perform a variety of '50s and '60s music.
"We have plans for him to play some family fun Halloween-oriented music," Broemer said.
Other attractions include a number of carnival-style games, several inflatable bounce houses, a train ride around the park, candy giveaways, face painting, crafts, a fundraiser concession stand, and a ghost hunt.
The ghost hunt is for children 2 to 4 years old, Broemer said. In a sectioned-off area of the park, a number of lollipops disguised as ghosts will be hidden and the children will hunt for them.
"It is really cute," said Lisa Youngblood, Harker Heights library director. "I got to do that last year, and it was really fun."
Children can also pick up treats in a special candy tent, Broemer said.
For many of the past several years, Harker Heights Library workers have attended the Halloween Hoopla to show children a creative craft, Youngblood said. This year they will be teaching children how to make bookmarks, she said. The library staff will also handle the face painting.
"We come in costume, and we get to do face painting and hand painting since they (the children) are already wearing makeup," Youngblood said.
The event is not scheduled to curb door-to-door trick-or-treating but rather provide a chance for the community to get together, Broemer said.
The Fire Department, Police Department, Civilian Police Academy Alumni Association and many more groups play roles in this event, and hope to give a little back to the community, Broemer said.
"I find it very exciting when the whole community comes together to provide something for our children," Youngblood said.
Trunk or Treat
Trunk or Treat is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at 2025 Memory Lane in Killeen. There will be face painting, door prizes, drawings, giveaways and candy in the trunks of cars, which will be decorated, costume judging and more.
Killeen – 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, Nolanville and Fort Hood – 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Nolanville will have a haunted house open today and Friday starting at 7 p.m. Its Halloween Festival, which includes haystack rides and games, will be at the Nolanville Fire Station from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.
Central Texas College will host its annual Haunted House and Autumn Carnival in the Student Center Friday and Saturday. The haunted house will be open to the public from 6 to 11 p.m. A tour of the haunted house is $3 per person and the haunted hayride is $1 per person. The carnival games start at 50 cents.
The Fort Hood safety office recommends the following precautions to make the night fun and memorable:
Do not permit children to bicycle, roller-blade or skateboard.
Wear a flame-resistant costume and one that is bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.
Discourage children from running between parked cars or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present dangers.
Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.