Four trunk-or-treat events planned in Ozark County

Times file photo / Norene Prososki 
Trail Acklin, left, and brother Timber, children of Rockie and Trisha Acklin, dressed up as Curious George and the man in the yellow hat for Gainesville’s 2019 trunk-or-treat event, which was held inside due to inclement weather. This year, the event will be held outside on the square with covid precautions.  

Bakersfield trunk-or-treat

Bakersfield trunk-or-treat will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31, at Bakersfield’s Pride Park. Those handing out candy can set up as early as 4 p.m., organizers said. 


Dora trunk-or-treat

The Dora Saddle Club will host trunk-or-treat at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. There will be free hotdogs, chips and soda for attendees, along with a costume contest and prizes. Those wishing to trick-or-treat should bring a bucket or bag to fill with candy. The saddle club is  on County Road 365 near Highways 181 and H. 


Gainesville trunk-or-treat

Gainesville’s trunk-or-treat will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night. 

Those wishing to hand out candy must be set up on the square before 5:30 p.m. Setup can only be on the outer edge of the square. No one will be allowed to park or set up on the interior side of the square near the courthouse lawn. All candy-givers should be at least 6 feet apart. Setup can be in a decorated or undecorated trunk, table or in some other type of creative Halloween display. 

Candy-givers are asked to wear a mask and gloves during the entire event and to wait until they arrive at the square to unwrap their candy for distribution. They should also be careful to place the candy in each child’s bag or bucket instead of letting children grab candy on their own. Candy-givers should be set up by 5:30 p.m., and the event will begin at 6 p.m. There is no need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up before 5:30 p.m. The square will be shut down to traffic after that time.

Families with children participating in the event are asked to park in designated parking areas this year to help control the flow of traffic at the event. Parking is free. General parking will be available off Main Street at the Gainesville Saddle Club grounds and in the parking area on the site of the former Klayman dentist office, next to Chris Geroff’s dentist office. Handicapped parking will be available in the city-owned lot across from Shenanigans Arcade, also on Main Street, and at the lot above Donald Amyx’s building at Main and Fourth streets. 

Participants should walk on foot up to the square, lining up along Main Street, being careful to maintain at least 6-foot social distancing between family groups. All participants should enter the square next to City Hall.

A limited number of people will be allowed around the square, and participants should stay spread apart while doing one lap counter-clockwise around the square and then exiting again at City Hall. 

Parents and guardians should limit their group number if possible, and children should not intermingle while waiting in line. 


Theodosia trunk-or-treat

The Theodosia Red Hatters will hold a trunk-or-treat for area youngsters from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Red Hatters Clubhouse across the street from Dollar General on Highway 160 in Theodosia. 

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