The ghouls and goblins that live in Custer County are making their annual appearance on Friday, October 31, for Halloween. To help them celebrate, both the Custer County School and the towns are hosting events.
Thursday, October 30
There will be a Halloween Parade in the hallways of the school on Thursday, October 30 starting at 2:45 p.m.
Kids are encouraged to have fun with the spooky holiday by donning costumes as they pass from one classroom to the next, gathering candy. This parade will go through the elementary and middle school.
There will also be classroom parties.
To keep the little monsters safe, the school asks that children not wear masks or anything else on their faces that would obscure their vision. Any costume accessories should also be cleared through a teacher and remain with the teacher until the parade.
Friday, October 31
The town’s annual trick-or-treat brouhaha starts at 4 p.m. and goes until 6 p.m. During that time, local and visiting kids display their costumes as they walk Main Street, collecting candy from business owners.The kids will start the trick-or-treat at the school and businesses will remain open in order to hand out sweets.
For adults, the Historic Beckwith Ranch is hosting a Halloween Costume Party on Halloween night at 5 p.m. Attendants should bring a potluck dish, drinks and an instrument.
The Pretty Good String Band will play, as well as other local musicians. Though the party is free, donations are welcomed. The costume ball is open to those 21 and older.
Pub Crawl and Costume Contest starts at 7 p.m. at Tony’s Mountain Pizza, travels to Nacho Mama’s, Chappy’s and ends at SomeWhere Saloon. The winners’ announcement is at 11:15 p.m.
Saturday, November 1
The school band will host a fundraising chili supper in conjunction with the Halloween Carnival. The chili dinner, with corn bread, will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s multipurpose room. A $5 fee is required.
There will be a costume contest at the school in the multipurpose room, as well. The contest begins at 6 p.m.
The carnival starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts until 8:30 p.m. It will be held in the West Gym. Kids and parents of all ages are invited to attend.
During the carnival there will be a haunted house, cake walk, face painting, fake tattoos and hairspray dye, a fortune teller, and concession stands.
Tickets cost 25 cents, and each booth will require multiple tickets. The haunted house requires four tickets total.
– J.E. Ward