Tricks, treats, and zombies: Halloween 2016 in (and out) of Belton

Published in the October 26, 2017 issue of The Bells

This Halloween there are plenty of places to go and celebrate the spooky holiday. From fall festivals to haunted hayrides this Halloween is bound to be special one.
Historic ghost walk of Salado
There is a legend that on Salado’s main street there are many ghosts of cowboys and Indians that come out on Halloween night to scare those who walk its lantern-lit street.
If students are brave enough to venture out his far, they can meet a tour guide at the ghost wagon across the street from the Stage Coach Inn and get lost in the tales of cowboys, Indians, lost treasure, and most importantly ghosts.
The tour lasts around an hour-and-a-half, and tickets can be purchased for $20. All ages are welcome on this spooky tour but ages 13-and-up are recommended. This event will take place Oct 28, when the sun goes down and the ghosts come out to play.

Trunk-or-treating/Fall Festivals
Trunk-or-treating is a safe alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. Many churches do this for families in the community, but older youths are also welcome to join in on the fun.
One option is the First Baptist Church of Killeen, who will be hosting a trunk-or-treat event from 6 p.m.to 8 p.m. on the churches property on Oct. 31. This specific event will have bounce houses, food, games, music, and candy for all to enjoy.
The Trinity Baptist Church in Harker Heights will hold its annual Fall Festival from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 27. Admission is one can or box of nonperishable foods that can be donated to the Harker Heights Food Care Center.
The event will feature a bounce house and slide, games, booths, a cake walk, and free hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones. There will also be a chili cook-off sponsored by Sunday school classes that participants can help judge.

Zombie 5k Run
For this crazy event you can preregister to be a zombie or human for $25. Online registration will close Oct. 27 at midnight, but tickets can be purchased for $30 at the gate the morning of the race. Children under the age of six get in free.
The chase begins at 9 a.m. on Oct. 29 and will last until 11 a.m. The goal is for the humans to save Belton by zipping to the finish line before the zombies make it there first. There will be zombie makeup artists on-site for an additional fee, and costume prizes will be awarded after the race for both categories.

Halloween Carnivals
Killeen Special Events Center is hosting a carnival on Oct 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be many events for all ages, such as a haunted house, carnival rides, a pumpkin patch, games and candy, arts and crafts, and so much more.
Don’t forget about the Harker Heights Community Park 11th annual Halloween Hoopla on Oct 31. It will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and provides a fun, safe alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. Games, inflatables, candy activities, and other forms of entertainment will be present.
UMHB students who are brave enough to venture out into town can have a fun and frightful Halloween weekend to wrap up this October. Do you dare step foot off campus this Halloween night?

Author: Madeline Oden

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