The Halloween season is lots of fun with all its spooks and scares, but it doesn’t have to be scary for the wrong reasons. That’s why Safe Events for Families (SEFF) organizes Boo on Bell, an annual fall festival held the third weekend in October that showcases family-friendly activities and attractions right in the middle of Shawnee. Boo on Bell has been an annual event for nearly twenty years, and this year is no exception.

The festival will be Friday and Saturday, October 19-20, but there will also be things to do on the night of Thursday, October 18. That night, Shawnee’s Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting a glow-in-the-dark dodgeball tournament at the municipal auditorium. It will start at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Also beginning Thursday night will be a carnival that will run all the way through Saturday.

Vendors will set up on Bell St. Friday evening between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., where they will be selling food, books, jewelry and more. Entertainment on Friday night will feature a Pound fitness demo from 6:00-6:30 followed by live music from Shoulda Been Blonde.

Saturday morning, Oct. 20, festivities will start at 11 a.m. with a costume contest for dogs at the main stage first, then a contest for kids later. Trick or Treat will be from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. there will be fire clowns performing at Bell & Main. There will also be artists, vendors, and plenty more to keep everyone entertained.

Additionally, running throughout the festival will be a blood drive in a tent on the north side of Bell Ave. If you decide to donate blood, the attendants will be dressed up as vampires. Is that a little on the nose? Maybe, but it’s fun!

The Zombie March will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and will go down Bell to the Municipal Auditorium where the Zombie Prom will be held. There will be a live DJ and judges will be walking around looking for a Zombie King and Queen to crown. People of all ages—kids, women, men— should get gussied up (or down) and participate in the Zombie March and Prom.

If all of that is not enough, a Ghostbusters cosplay group is going to be set up in front of the Hornbeck theater. There will be a free viewing of the original Ghostbusters movie at some point during the weekend, too!

“We expect this year to be bigger and better than ever with the addition of new events such as the family-friendly Zombie Prom. I would encourage families to come check out what Shawnee has to offer for Halloween entertainment,” said Danielle Mason-Rains, Secretary of Safe Events for Families (SEFF).

For an exact schedule for Boo on Bell, visit

For more information contact Visit Shawnee, Inc. at 405-275-9780 or email