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Haunting on the horizon


Do you feel the spookiness in the air? Halloween has arrived, and area residents are making final preparations for the hauntingest holiday of the year. 

The Kiwanis Club of Bolivar will host its annual costume contest at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in the gazebo on the southwest corner of Bolivar's square.

Cash prizes will be given to the first, second and third place winners in each bracket. Age divisions will include 1 year and younger, ages 2 through 4, ages 5 through first grade, second and third grade, fourth through sixth grade, families and groups. 

Monetary prizes for first, second and third will be awarded in each age group. Cash prizes will be $30 for first place, $20 for second, and $10 for third in each division. There will be a grand prize contest consisting of the first place winners in each category, with a $50 grand prize.

According to the City of Bolivar Office of Emergency Management, the city plans on shutting down some streets on the square for trick-or-treating on Sunday. 

A social media post stated city staff will close the northbound and southbound lanes of Springfield Avenue and Main Street at around 4:30 p.m. The streets will remain closed until walking traffic subsides.  

The post stated Mo. 32, or Broadway Street, will remain open. 

“Please stay safe on any roads you are out on Sunday,” the post stated. 

Pleasant Hope Park

Area residents can celebrate the spooky holiday in Pleasant Hope, as well. 

Halloween in the Park is planned for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Pleasant Hope Park.

Brighton Saddle Club

Brighton Saddle Club will host its Halloween Fun Show at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

The event will feature fun and games for the whole family, including “Trailer-Treats,” costume class, pumpkin painting and more.

Also, this show will be a point show that will count for year-end awards.

The cook shack also will be open.

For updates, watch the club’s Facebook page or call secretary Taylor Textor at 636-234-6905.

Open Hearts

Open Hearts Bolivar United Methodist Church will host Tailgate and Treat from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. The event will be at the church campus, 105 E. Division St. There will be treats, a scavenger hunt and a photo booth.

Noble Hill fall fest

Noble Hill Baptist Church will host a fall fest from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

The event will feature trunk-or-treating, hay rides, inflatables and food. 

The church is at 3285 W. Farm Road 36, Willard.

Berean Baptist Church

Berean Baptist Church, 4450 Scenic Ave., Bolivar, will host a free communitywide trunk-or-treat event from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday night, Oct. 31.  

The 10th annual trunk-or-treat will feature family friendly games, hay rides, a petting zoo, snacks and, of course, plenty of candy. This event is for kids of all ages, and everyone is encouraged to dress up and come on out for a great time. 

For more information, call the church office at 417-326-7758.