I love to play dress-up. Even now, in what I refer to as the “late winter of my youth,” I have so much fun planning a costume, spending a ridiculous amount of time getting dressed, and then enjoying the reactions. Now, adult readers—before you laugh out loud, please pause for a moment and consider what part of your childhood you simply cannot leave behind!
However, I’m finding Halloween 2013 sort of confusing. You see, I’m planning to spend All Saint’s Eve going about my normal duties at the Swan Lake Visitors Center while dressed as Miss Wednesday Friday Addams. Only…Halloween is on Thursday. So, what do I call myself—Wednesday, Thursday, Thursday-Friday…? I’m over-thinking it, considering the company I’ll be keeping; I can’t say for sure, but there are rumors that Raggedy Ann and possibly even the Queen of England will join me at work that day.
Be that as it may, I can tell you one thing that no one needs to be confused about, and that’s the number of great activities there will be for Sumter’s children and children-at-heart to participate in!
Get into the spirit at Sumter High School, where the Drama Club presents “A Collection of Scary One-Act Plays” on October 29 and 30 at 7 p.m., and October 31 at 8 p.m. (Admission is complimentary for school district employees.) Your $5.00 donation (at the door) helps to support our community’s aspiring young actors, while providing you with shivery fun. Please call Debbie Kitterman (236-6003) or Kelly Melton (481-4480) for more details. Sumter High School is located at 2580 McCray’s Mill Road.
Many of our area churches are hosting Fall Festival events in the coming days, including everything from “trunk-or-treat” to games and prizes, family dinners, bounce houses and slides, hayrides, and even an old-fashioned cake walk. Among the participating churches will be Alice Drive Baptist Church, Bethesda Church of God, First Baptist Church, Grace Baptist Church, Shaw Heights Baptist Church, Northside Memorial Baptist Church, Sumter Catholic Community and many more. There are far too many individual church events to list here, but please contact your preferred house of worship if you’re interested—something exciting is bound to be happening!
For those who love traditional trick-or-treating, there will be several places around town providing a safe environment in which to do so:
- The Sumter County Library’s Wesmark Branch at 108 West Wesmark Blvd. presents its 8th Annual Halloween Spooktacular from 4-6 p.m. Kids may wear costumes as they stop in (accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult) to enjoy snacks, candy, punch, and Halloween-themed activities. There is no charge for the event, but pre-registration is required. Please call (803) 469-8110, ext. 108, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Halloween at the Mall is hosted by the Community Services Unit of the Sumter Police Department, in partnership with Sumter Mall. Sumter’s finest will be on hand for games and candy from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1057 Broad Street. Questions? Call the Mall at (803) 775-6387.
- The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office will also welcome young trick-or-treaters from 6 to 8 p.m. at their new offices, 1281 North Main Street. Deputies are promising candy and “a surprise or two” in the parking lot adjacent to the building. For more info, please call Corporal Gene Hobbs of the Crime Prevention Unit at (803) 436-2010.
- The Town of Lynchburg is getting into the act this year, with Halloween in the Park at Jefferson Memorial Park on Main Street. Police Chief Leroy Solomon says that the event is designed “for Lynchburg residents only,” but do remember that all of Lynchburg isn’t in Lee County—enough of the town lies on our side of US 76 to warrant a seat on Sumter County Council. Halloween costume contests, trick or treating and more will guarantee a great time for kids ages 1-12.
If you plan on doing it old school (that is, knocking on neighborhood doors), please take a few moments to check out a Halloween Safety Guide online here.
And please have a wonderful and safe evening!
by Colette Daniels