Spook City is on again

Courier Staff
Staff Writer

The 10th annual Spook City celebration has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7, beginning at 5 p.m. in Downtown Benton.
"We are excited that we are able to do this," organizer Wanda Posey said. "Just call it our second rain date."
Spook City features booths from local businesses, churches and organizations passing out candy to all trick-or-treaters.
Spook City focuses on the lighter side of Halloween by providing a safe area for children to enjoy several blocks of fun.
City streets will be blocked off from traffic while the celebration is taking place. Local participants will provide trick-or-treating, carnival games, face-painting and more.
As always, this will be a safe event with security provided by the Benton Police Department, the Saline County Sheriff's Office and the Benton High School JROTC.
Most of the activities are free, but a $5 wrist band can be purchased at each of the four "safe zones" located at the four main intersections.
The band lets a child have one Pirate Ship ride, two train rides, and unlimited inflatable fun on the courthouse lawn.
Posey said a couple of vendors have had to drop out, but other vendors have stepped up, making the event even bigger.
"Since it is not really Halloween anymore, kids can come in costume or not," Posey said. "They should wear whatever they are comfortable with.
"There will still be trick-or-treating. All the rides and food that was planned to be there, will still be there."
Spook City was originally scheduled for Oct. 24 but had to be postponed to Oct. 26 due to weather. Unfortunately, it rained that day as well, causing the event to be cancelled once more.
Currently, Saturday's forecast is mostly sunny with a high of 62 with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. By nighttime, it will be partly cloudy with lows in the 40s.
If people are concerned about the weather, they can check either Spook City's Facebook page or the Downton Benton Events Facebook page.
Activities returning this year are the climbing wall, inflatables on the courthouse lawn and two barrel trains.
New this year are three inflatable games including the Mini Hoop, Strike Zone, T-ball and Knock It Off.
Popular characters such as Ronald McDonald, Batman, the Chick-fil-A cows and Ace from the Arkansas Travelers will be circulating the crowd for pictures.
Food will be for sale at Burger Shack, Wells Concessions, Papa John's Pizza and Spook City beverages.
The Royal Theatre will be providing candy to trick-or-treaters and the concessions stand will be open to sell movie popcorn, fountain drinks, candy, nachos and hot dogs.