Trick or treat, it was a “white” Halloween for the area, covered by a blanket of snow, waking up to the blustery weather on October 31. Despite the cooler weather, little ones bundled up and headed out to hunt their favorite treats while being escorted by their loved ones. The streets were filled with fancy costumes, cartoon characters, zombies and creatures of every kind throughout the community on Halloween. Adults showed their quirky character of being a kid at heart, taking part in getting all dressed up for an evening of fun.
One stop located at Mike and Marla Crager’s house saw approximately 100 trick or treaters. The garage was decorated with spooky decorations and lights, handing out BBQ hot dogs, along with warm hot chocolate or apple cider to drink. Another town favorite was Travis Marler’s house on Main St., who handed out treats to all the visitors throughout the evening, as each enjoyed the festive atmosphere.
The First Baptist church also hosted entertainment for the those who were willing to brave the cold for their sweet treats. Those stopping by could take part in festive games while receiving their snacks and sweet treats.
Earlier in the day, the Monroe City Manor Care Center hosted a Halloween party. The residents and employees were encouraged to dress up. Residents winning the costume contest this year were Laneta Gares in first place as an angel, Don Perrine placed second as a devil and Bonnie Ess won third place as Minnie Mouse. The activity department served meat and cheese trays, along with cookies and spooky punch.
The prior Saturday, on October 26, the Monroe City Emergency Services hosted a trunk or treat at the Lions Club Barn.
The event had a costume contest for three different age divisions. Those winning in the 0-3-year-old division were: Emmaline Mudd with first place, LouElla Cannady placed second and Alva Craig received third place. In the 4-7-year-old division Grayson Dowell placed first, Cambria Chapman received second place and Addilyn Mudd placed third. The 8-12-year-old division winners were Cameron Dowell in first place, Taegyn Johnson in second place and Cale Chapman in third place. Winners each received ribbons and a gift package donated by Family Dollar.
The individual trunk awards went to: Brittany Craig-first place, Jennifer Griffin and family-second place and Anna Turnbough-third place. The business winners participating were: Timbrook Construction-first place, Monroe City Ambulance-second place and MC Task Force-third place. Approximately 25 businesses and individuals participated in the event for the children to enjoy. MC Emergency Service Chairman Connie Painter stated, “Next year we plan to have the event on Halloween.”