Calling all pirates, princesses and wannabee witches! Halloween is almost here. If you want to join the fun there are a few options for trick-or-treating in the Lucedale area.
The Lucedale Police Department has declared trick or treat hours 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 31. Residents participating in candy giveaways should leave on porch lights to signal that guests are welcome.
Two other options are available to children at Milton Murrah Ball Park on Cowart Street, also set between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. The events, not city-sanctioned, were planned to replace the annual "Treats in the Streets" that is not being conducted this year due to COVID-19 concerns.
"Treats at the Ball Park" is being sponsored at the baseball complex by the Great Southern Sports Association (GSSA) and the Jamie Dunn Outreach Program for Kids. GSSA is the organization operated by Kim and Dennis Shoemaker and contracted by the city to manage baseball events.
The Jamie Dunn foundation helps underprivileged children and was started by Kim in memory of her son who was killed in a four-wheeler accident.
Go Church, located on Main Street in downtown Lucedale, is hosting "Fall Carnival" at the George County Soccer Complex next door to the baseball complex. The two organizations welcome guests to experience both happenings with the ball fields in such close proximity. Both events are free.
Expect to find plenty of candy at the GSSA event as a dozen businesses and organizations have already committed to sponsoring candy booths. They also plan to have a jump house and slide and will show a movie on a big screen at 8 p.m. Movie details were still being finalized at press time.
Next door at the soccer complex more candy and kids' prizes will be given away. The Go Church, pastored by Jason Blackwell, will have carnival games like ring toss, bowling, fish bowl pong, can knockdown and a cake walk. Members will be distributing cotton candy, popcorn, prizes, biblical scriptures and candy treats.