Happy Haunting: Halloween events about to begin
By Dwayne Bremer
Oct 22, 2013, 20:05
There are several Halloween events scheduled for the next week, including the McLeod Park haunted house, the Waveland Halloween Bash, and a haunted house at Bridge Fest sponsored by the Lion's Club. Below: Diamondhead City Councilman Joe Lopez tours a haunted house at McLeod Park.
Although Halloween won't officially be here until next Thursday, ghouls, goblins, and ghosts are already on the prowl through Hancock County this week and next at several Halloween-themed events.
Starting Friday, the friends of McLeod Park will host "The Devil's Elbow" haunted house and other events at the park on Texas Flat Road.
The haunted house will be set up at the pavilion near the entrance to the park. Admission is $1.
It will open Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.
This year's haunted house will consist of a three-to-four minute walk through a fictitious home that will have at least eight rooms.
Diamondhead City Councilman Joe Lopez and his brother have volunteered their time this week to set up the haunted house, music, and light show.
"Hopefully, this is something that will grow into a big community event," Lopez said. "We started this a few years ago in Diamondhead and it got bigger and bigger."
In addition to the haunted house, there will be a jambalaya cook-off, DJ, camper and golf cart decorating contest, and costume contest.
Anyone with any questions on the weekend's events can call the park's main office or contact Bobbi Necaise at 228-669-1597.
Bridge Fest Haunted House:
The Bay-Waveland Lions Club will host its second annual haunted house on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27, and on Halloween night, Oct. 31. Times are as follows: Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. The haunted house is a part of Bay BridgeFest this year and is located in the 100 block of Main St. in Bay Saint Louis.
Tickets to get into BridgeFest and one entry ticket to the Haunted House will be $10 per person. While kids 12 and under can get into BridgeFest for free, there is a $10 admission fee for one trip through the Haunted House and an armband for unlimited access to KidsFest, the kids fun corner with inflatable space jumps and slides for ages 12 and under located adjacent to the haunted house on Beach Blvd. Each additional visit to the haunted house as well as entry on Halloween night is $5.
For more details, see our special BridgeFest edition inside today's Sea Coast Echo.
Waveland Halloween Bash:
On Halloween evening, the second annual Waveland Halloween Bash is scheduled on Coleman Avenue, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
This year's bash will include dozens of Trunk or Treat locations, face painting, free hot dogs and popcorn for kids, prizes for the best decorated booth or trunk, and more.
Event coordinator Raquel Lafontaine said the event is geared toward families being able to have a "safe and fun time."
"This is a child friendly event, so we ask those adults dressing up to try not to be too scary," Lafontaine said.
Last year, more than 500 people took part in the event. Lafontaine said anyone wishing to volunteer or set up a trunk or booth is welcome.
"Certainly, we want businesses to be involved, but this is open to residents too," she said. "Anyone is welcome to set up a trunk."
For more information on the event, residents can call city hall at 228-467-4134.
Diamondhead Fall Festival
On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. come to our 4th Annual Fall Festival at Diamondhead Community Church, 5301 Diamondhead Circle.
This funfest is open to the public – you are invited to enjoy BBQ plates or hot dogs, music by three bands, carnival games, pony rides for the kids, vendors, bake sale and more for the whole family. Raffle tickets are $5 each will be sold for Grand Prize Package: Sharp 60 Inch HDTV, Sony Blu-ray DVD Player, Harmony 650 Universal Remote with Color Touch Screen, Surge Protector, 2 HDMI Cables (if needed) plus Total Assurance Gold Bundle with five year Geek Squad Protection on TV, four year Geek Squad Protection on Blu-ray Player, two-year Geek Squad Protection on Harmony Remote, Free Harmony Remote Programming, TV Delivery, Mounting with Free Mount Included, Hook up and programming of TV and DVD for a total value package of $3,464.
The prize drawing will be at the Fall Festival at 2 p.m.
You do not have to be present to win. Raffle proceeds support the Missions of the Church.
Trunk or Treat
Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic church in Bay St. Louis will host it's third annual CYO Trunk-or-Treat on Sunday, Oct.27 from 4-5:30 p.m. on the OLG Crab Fest grounds.
The event is open to the public and admission is free.
If you would like to register a car please call the parish office at 228-467-6509, the deadline to register is today.
Bagged candy donations may be dropped off at the parish office at 228 South Beach Boulevard.
There will be prizes awarded for best decorated trunk.
Trick or Treat at
Legion Post 77
American Legion Post & Auxiliary Unit 77 will again host a Trick or Treat at Post 77 Hall.
Word of Faith Fall Festival
Word of Faith Christian Fellowship will host its annual Fall Festival from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 31, at 103 Old Spanish Games, Spacewalk, Hayride For more, call 467-5014.
Waveland UMC Festival
Waveland United Methodist Church is hosting a Fall Festival, Saturday, Nov. 2, from 1-6 p.m. It will begin with the blessing of the pets at 1 p.m., followed by free food, games, and shopping for baked goods, as well as arts/crafts vendors. At 5 p.m., there will be a concert by the nationally known, christian acoustic band, Crosby Lane, out of Nashville.
Blues Q & Brew
Picayune Main Street, Inc. continues the annual tradition of celebrating the Blues in unique downtown Picayune, MS. Blues Q & Brew, a family-friendly music festival is a crowd pleaser and mandatory for all Blues enthusiast will be held on October 26, 2013. This year’s event has an impressive lineup featuring- Claudette “The Bluz Queen” King, is the daughter of Blues and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame artist B.B. King. Claudette has jammed with world-class musicians since the '80s and has created a name for herself in blues circles with her fierce vocals. Now, Claudette is ready to take her show on the road with the Picayune Blues, Q & Brew Event listed as one of her stops along the MS Blues Trail. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame Member, Wardell Williams & his Blues Band will make their 6thappearance at the Picayune Blues Event. Wardell now resides in Picayune, MS. Also, Johnny Pappas & the Butter Funk Band & Barbara Lane will delight the crowd during Blues Q & Brew in downtown Picayune.
Lots of local talent will also participate during the Blues Q & Brew event the Pearl River County Arts League’s Art Market will line the streets of Historic Downtown Picayune highlighting local artist. Greater Picayune Arts Council (GPAC) will hold the Second Annual Story Book Fest @ Jack Read Park with hay rides, a pumpkin patch, costume contest, games and more fun activities for the entire family. Remember to bring your lawn chairs.
Picayune Blues Event was awarded one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2010.