The atmosphere downtown tonight is set for spookiness as a carnival officially begins Boo on Bell 2018, at Seventh and Bell.

The atmosphere downtown tonight is set for spookiness as a carnival officially begins Boo on Bell 2018, at Seventh and Bell.

Safe Events For Families (SEFF) has lined up lots of family-friendly activities for residents over the weekend.

Through Saturday, the community Halloween-fest will play host to various forms of entertainment, food and activities.

For nearly two decades Boo on Bell has entertained Shawnee-area residents.

SEFF member Ed Bolt said people come from all over now to take part in the fun.

All weekend, the carnival will be in operation — as well as a blood drive manned by vampires, Bolt said.

“We just want everybody to come down and have some fun,” he said. “Sure, there are particular things that cost money, like food and shopping, but there's also a lot of free fun to be had.”


As well as the carnival, 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.


Vendors, food trucks, the carnival, and musical entertainment will be available starting at 6 p.m.

At 7 p.m. a free showing of Ghostbusters will be at Hornbeck Theater. Local band, Shoulda Been Blonde, will take the stage at 7:15 p.m. at Main and Bell.


Among the offerings throughout the day are ghost tours, Boo Bingo, sidewalk artists, vendors, music, dancing, entertainer Orange Rex, food trucks and ghost story-telling.

Kicking off festivities Saturday morning, at 11 a.m., the ever-popular pet costume contest will be in full-swing.

Following immediately after comes the costume contests for humans. Judges will be Mayor Richard Finley, Linda Brown and a cosplay Ghostbuster.

Shawnee Milling Co. is going to blow its whistle at 3:30 p.m. to officially start the trick-or-treating event — which lasts until 5 p.m., Bolt said.

Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to navigate the festival area in a counter-clockwise loop to collect goodies; the line is along Bell Street — from Main to 10th — and Main Street from Beard to Minnesota.

Bolt said literally truckloads of candy has been secured for the massive handout.

“If you can't find candy, there's something wrong,” he joked.

The Hornbeck Theater at 5:30 p.m. will offer a free screening of Ghostbusters, where a cosplay group will be set up in full costume — including their own ambulance.

As per tradition, the annual Zombie March starts at 7:30 p.m. — only this year the trip will finish its route at the Municipal Auditorium for a brand new event ... a Zombie Prom.

Bolt said the free living dead dance — emceed by DJ Brian Smith — will be decked out in black lights and glow tape.

“Everyone is welcome,” Bolt said. “We hope they will dress up, but it's not necessary.”

Judges will be walking around looking for a Zombie King and Queen to crown.

To see a full schedule for Boo on Bell, visit