By Jan Boston Sellers
Halloween is just hours away, and there are numerous safe activities planned here in the county by local organizations and churches as alternatives to the traditional door knocking campaigns. I was never able to reconcile the dichotomous facts about trick or treating myself. I mean, like 11 months out of the year, our parents, teachers etc. told us not to take candy from strangers and then they dress us up and send us out to beg for it?
Anyway, if you are looking for an alternative to trick or treating, there are several options available starting early. Wednesday night was the annual Fall Festival at the Community Complex which attracted hundreds of people. Thursday night was the TAD Center’s annual Say Boo to Drugs Party. It started at 3 p.m. and lasted until 6 p.m. Cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 were offered to the best costumes, with the costume contest portion slated for 4:30 p.m. There was also games, pumpkin decorating, arts/crafts, a piñata, refreshments, candy and prizes. The party was free and was in conjunction with National Red Ribbon Week, which encourages drug prevention education.
Ghost Tours of Historic Downtown Crossville will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Tours will leave the Native Stone Museum every 15 minutes. Tickets are available at the Stone Museum. And speaking of downtown Crossville, I love the Cumberland County Business and Professional Women’s Club's scarecrows that are so decorative up and down Main Street. This scholarship fundraiser by BPW is known as the Scarecrow Stroll. I, of course, particularly love the one dressed in mostly purple!
The weather this weekend should be delightful, not frightful, for a tour of Autumn Acres. Autumn Acres features three corn mazes with six miles of trails, hayrides, corn cannons, a petting zone, bouncing pillow, playground, concessions and a gift shop. Autumn Acres is on Baier Road. Check them out at www.autumnacres.net.
On Halloween night, there are a variety of events taking place around the county. Rocky Top 10 Theater and WIHG 105.7 “The Hog” will host its first Cinema Trunk or Treat. This will get underway at 4 p.m. on Halloween and last until 7 p.m. Organizers say you may “treat your little ghouls and goblins to a Halloween of classic cars, candy, music and fun.“ The Hog will be on hand with a live DJ, prizes including movie passes and theater posters, and there will be lots of treats handed out by owners of the coolest cars in town courtesy of the Crossville Cruisers and the Crossville Import Club.
Grown-ups will be treated to a free showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It will begin at 10 p.m. Don’t forget to take your rice, water guns and rain jackets!
Out on the opposite end of the county, two churches will be hosting Trunk or Treat events as well. Trinity Tabernacle on Hwy. 127 South will host its annual Trunk or Treat from 6-8 p.m., and Linary Church of Christ off Hwy 127 South, old Hwy. 28, will hold its Trunk or Treat beginning at 6 p.m.
Beginning at 3 p.m. on Halloween afternoon, you can trick or treat at the TAD Center. Each visitor will receive a bag of candy and an informational brochure about drugs. This will last until 6 p.m.
If you are participating in the traditional trick or treating, please remember to watch out for motorists, visit only homes you are familiar with and/or have their lights on, make sure costumes are safe and check out all candy before allowing your children to eat it. If you notice suspicious activity, please contact law enforcement immediately.
Congratulations to Cumberland County’s Ginny Cole! She was named Miss Food City during pageant activities over the weekend. Miss Cole is a marketing major at Tennessee Tech University and an employee of Plateau Office Supply. This win enables her to compete in the 2012 Miss Tennessee USA contest. Former Miss Tennessee, Lisa Tollett Milligan of Crossville was also Miss Food City.
County high school football action continues this weekend, with the Cumberland County High School Jets on the road and the Stone Memorial High School Panthers playing at home. The Jets will travel to Sparta, where they will face White County. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. The Panthers will host the Scott County Highlanders. Game time is 6:30. p.m. This is a critical game for the Panthers. If they win, they will advance to the state playoffs!