KINGMAN – You can get spooked in a haunted house, play it safe by going to church or head downtown for a Halloween street party, all under the watchful eye of the Pumpkin Patrol.
Also known as All Hallows Eve, Halloween festivities date back to the early centuries, and the observance has long been associated with spirits, witches and ghosts.
The day is celebrated with trick-or-treating, pumpkin carvings, costume parties, pranks and scary stories.
Here’s a brief roundup of what’s happening for a monster of a good time in Kingman:
Sponsored by Kingman Parks & Recreation Department, the Fall Festival takes place from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Park, 3333 Harrison Street, and costs $7 for a wristband ($5 in advance at the Parks & Rec office).
The schedule of activities includes an arts and crafts station; candy in the hay; cupcake walk; scarecrow hay rides; game booths; food concessions; jump house; guess the pumpkin weight; pie-eating contest; coloring contest; and costume contest.
Step right up to the main event of the year. Kingman’s premier haunted house is set up at Mohave County Fairgrounds and is open from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday and 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $5, plus $1 or canned food for parking.
DUG UP MANOR
Face your fears at the Dug Up Manor haunted house at 2025 Northern Ave. The house is open 7-10 p.m. nightly through Halloween, and cost is $10 a person.
The fourth annual Haunted Hike on Friday and Saturday is a fundraiser by Pinion Pines Fire Department, located at Fire Station 51, 2836 DW Ranch Road. It’s free, but donations are requested to help buy a new fire truck. You’ll walk down a mountain trail outside of the fire station for about 5-8 minutes, with scary costumes and noises along the way.
The Route 66 Cruizers Car Club puts on its annual Halloween Bash and car show in historic downtown Kingman from 5-8 p.m. on Halloween. It takes place on Beale Street between Fourth and Fifth streets.
The event is a safe and fun place for kids to trick-or-treat, made possible with donations from local businesses, organizations and citizens.
All kids must be accompanied by an adult, and no pets, drugs or alcohol are allowed.
While downtown, walk a few blocks to the Boys & Girls Club, 301 N. First St., where there’s a haunted house, jump house, various booths and more candy being given out from 5-8 p.m. It’s another fun and safe trick-or-treating option and usually draws about 7,500 kids. Again, no pets, drugs or alcohol.
Construction of the new student services building at Mohave Community College put Boomer’s Boo-tacular Candy Adventure on hiatus for several years, but the event is back for Halloween day.
Start your trick-or-treating with candy, games, prizes and music videos from 4-6 p.m. at the Neal Campus, 1971 Jagerson Ave.
It’s free and safe for the kids. The MCC Student Activities Council and MCC Foundation co-sponsor the event.
The Route 66 Halloween Dance and Costume Contest will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mohave County Fairgrounds. DJ Don West plays dance music and there’s a full cash bar and food for sale. Admission is free, but bring a couple cans of food for Kingman Area Food Bank.
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 4045 N. Van Nuys, will present Harvest Festival, a Christian alternative to Halloween with games, face painting, preschool room, snacks and lots of candy. It’s from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween.
Delight the old folks by taking the kids to Gardens Rehab & Care Center, 3131 Western Ave., behind the Safeway Shopping Center, for trick-or-treat starting at 6 p.m.
The Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership has recruited some generous vendors that have donated candy to be placed in the trunks of cars for trick-or-treaters to find from 5-8 p.m. on Halloween.
Before the kids fill their bags with candy, take them to the Halloween pet costume contest Saturday at Neely’s Korner Swap Meet, 1125 N. Lowell in Golden Valley. Sign-up is at 9:30 a.m. and entry fee is $5. Prizes will be awarded for the top three costumes and proceeds benefit Niki’s Pals 4 Paws.
BARKS & BARLEY
House of Hops is the place to be Saturday with a costume contest for kids, dogs and pet owners. Get a smooch from a pooch at the Kissing Booth. Keg hunt starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Kingman Police Department provides extra neighborhood patrol on Halloween. Special patrol cars can be identified by pumpkins and other Halloween decorations attached to the vehicle. Pumpkin Patrol is composed of KPD officers, Police Explorers Post 47 and volunteers who hand out bags of candy to foster a more trusting relationship between the community and law enforcement. The additional eyes and ears on the street help to ensure the safety of truck-or-treaters and curtail some of the mischief associated with Halloween night.
Here are some fun Halloween facts from personal finance website WalletHub:
• $8.38 billion – Projected Halloween-related spending in 2016 ($3.14 billion on costumes).
• $547.9 million – Halloween candy sales (fourth biggest candy-selling holiday).
• $300+ million – Annual revenue from ticket sales to haunted attractions (80 percent of which are charity-operated).
• 72 percent – Share of parents who say they steal Halloween candy from their kids.