The Edmond Sun

October 23, 2013

Businesses support ‘Candy Rock Block Party’

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — It’s being billed as a fun, musical and safe trick or treating event for the whole family.

 Area residents are invited from 5-8 p.m. on Halloween night to a Candy Rock Block Party. The free event is being sponsored by the Spring Creek business community on both sides of the 15th and Bryant intersection.

Organizer Terry Cuthbertson said members of Spring Creek community wanted to give Edmond families a place where they could enjoy a safe event. The Oasis Church, 1700 S. Bryant Ave., and the Spring Creek Assembly of God, 1600 E. 15th St., also will be part of the event.

Steps to help ensure safety include hiring a police officer to work the crosswalk and having volunteers watch streets to prevent incidents there, Cuthbertson said.

Cuthbertson said the family friendly event will include music, Inflatables and trick or treating.

Spring Creek businesses will be opening their doors as candy stops for children 12 and under, Cuthbertson said. There will be stages at multiple locations hosting kid and family bands, and a talent show of Edmond children, Cuthbertson said.

Other features will include a display of sporty cars including a Lamborghini and law enforcement officers will provide safety public education information.

For more information about the event, call Terry Cuthbertson at 341-5200 or visit www.springcreekblockparty.com.



OTHER LOCAL EVENTS

A number of Halloween-themed events are being offered. They include:

• Historic Ghost Tours from 6:45-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a new tour starting every 15 minutes. Price is $7. Limited tickets per tour. The Edmond Historic Preservation Trust will host the tours at Gracelawn Cemetery, 1407 N. Broadway. Local actors will be at the gravesites of Edmond Founding Fathers and play the part of the pioneer. The cemetery was established in the late 1800s. Documented ghost stories and local folklore will also be part of the tour. Tickets are being sold at Silver Leaf Gems, 19 N Broadway, open until 5 p.m. Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

• Trick or Treat on the Street from 5-7 p.m. at the Festival Market Place in downtown Edmond. Every Halloween the merchants of downtown dress up and give out free candy to children. This is truly a community event, with the city, local first responders, Edmond Electric and many nonprofit organizations participating. For more information, call 249-9391 or visit, www.downtownedmondok.com.

• Storybook Forest, which lets children meet characters in the scenes from their favorite fables, is geared for children 10 and under. With a tree-lined trail for children to walk through, they collect treats and visit scenes from classic stories and rhymes including Hansel and Gretel, Pinocchio and the Sword in the Stone. Characters such as Curious George will be on the trail greeting children. Other activities include a hayride, bag toss and games. There will be campfires for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows that are available for purchase. No outside food or drinks at the fireside. Tickets for Storybook Forest, presented by Arcadia Lake and Edmond Electric, can be purchased in advance from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Arcadia Lake park office, 9000 E. Second St. Admission is $6 per child in advance, $8 per child at the gate (cash only). Parents are free when accompanying a child. Hours are 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly through Oct. 30. Children are encouraged to wear costumes or dress in warm, casual clothing. For more information about Storybook Forest, call the park office at 216-7470.

• Pumpkin Palooza from 5–8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Mitch Park behind the Multi-Activity Center. Free event for all ages. The Edmond Fire Department will sell grilled hamburger and hot dog combos (with drink and chips) to raise money for their annual Muscular Dystrophy Association campaign. Pumpkin painting open to the first 50 participants beginning at 5 p.m. At about 7:30 p.m. the Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt begins, so bring flashlights. Other festivities include arts and crafts and other pumpkin-themed activities. Sugar Free Allstars will perform from 5–7 p.m. “Kids are welcome to come dressed in their Halloween costumes for an evening of all things pumpkin,” said Diane Self, the city’s recreation program manager. About 350 people attended the 2012 Pumpkin Palooza. In the event of inclement weather, activities will continue inside the MAC with the exception of the Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt. For more information, call 359-4630.