With cooler temps and fall holidays brings the spooky time of year beckoning all to dress up and snack on sweet treats.
In that spirit, Safe Events for Families of Shawnee (SEFF) is gearing up for Boo on Bell, an annual festival started in Downtown Shawnee more than 15 years ago.
This year, Oct. 19-21 will feature many new events for locals to check out.
Events for the festival have been in the works for months, and will include live music, costume contests, family activities, carnival, vendors of all kinds, food from all over the state and arguably one of the biggest trick-or-treat turnouts in the county.
On Thursday, Oct. 19, the carnival will again settle in its yearly spot at the corner of Bell and 7th Street in the parking lot directly south of Neal's Home Furnishings.
Friday promises to entertain eardrums as a new event takes the stage. With two shows, the Ritz Theatre, at 10 W. Main St., will offer a concert by tribute band Let's Zeppelin. Tickets for the 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. concerts each cost $15 per person and can be purchased through the SEFF Shawnee Facebook page or at the door.
The carnival will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Downtown's October Block Party coincides with the festival — lending its party atmosphere to the event.
On Saturday, activities will begin with the Scaredy Cat Crawl 5K and Family 1 mile walk/run. The 5K begins at 9:30 a.m., and the Family walk/run starts at 9:45 a.m.
Register for the Crawl through the SEFF Facebook page. Proceeds will be donated to a local animal shelter and pet adoptions will be available.
Both events will start and finish at Celebration of Life Park, at the corner of Main and Philadelphia streets. Family activities also will be set up at that site.
Children of all ages also will have an opportunity to play on the YMCA's Imagination Playground at Tom Terry Park, at Main and Broadway.
Events will continue throughout the day, including the pet costume contest at 11 a.m. in front of the Hornbeck Theater on Bell Street; two Mad Scientist shows at the Ritz Theatre — one at 11:30 a.m. and another at 12:30 p.m.; the costume contest (for humans) is set at 2 p.m. at the Bell Street stage; trick-or-treat begins at 3:30 p.m. and remains open until 5 p.m.; the custom car show is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Bell between 9th and 10th streets; a talent show will feature performers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Bell Street stage; and the Stompin' Sensation Studio dancers will lead a Zombie March at 7:30 p.m., which starts in front of the Ritz Theater on Main Street. The Zombie March is open to all ages.
Food trucks, vendors, musicians, gunfighters, dancers and downtown merchants will add their own flair to the extravaganza.
In a new addition to the festival, Wizard World Comic Con is bringing costumed participants to hand out candy during Trick-or-Treat, and one of its own — Cheeky Cheetah Cosplay — will help Mayor Richard Finley and business owner Holly Gordon judge the costume contest. Wizard World Comic Con weekend passes will be included among the prizes for the costume contest.
Boo on Bell is scheduled to wrap up around 10 p.m.
Find SEFF Shawnee on Facebook to follow information about upcoming events or to register/purchase tickets.
Watch for updates.