...Officially Halloween is observed on October 31. Since that date falls on Monday this year, some Pleasant Hill community activities will start on Friday, Oct. 28 and may continue through the weekend.
...Observation of Halloween, originated with the ancient Celtic priests, called "Druids," around 300 B.C. October 31st was the Celtic New Year's Eve, the time for their Festival of Death.
...We are suggesting that very few, if any, of those participating in the many events happening in the Pleasant Hill area this weekend have any concern for the Druids’
...On the most part, local celebrations of Halloween are focused on fun and not so much on bone-chilling experiences. Their activities are more likely to include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving and decorating pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, visiting haunted houses, telling scary stories and watching horror films.
...On October 28th, from 4 - 6 p.m., the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual “Safe Trick or Treat,” 30 downtown businesses and 46 of the businesses located on Hwy 7, have registered to display the “authorized pumpkin” in their window which serves as an invitation for the costumed children, often accompanied by parents, to stop in for a sweet treat.
...Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1300 Broadway, has extended an invitation for parents to bring their children into the 500 Hall to receive treats and to bring smiles to their residents who will be anxiously awaiting the visit from the “little spooks.”
...On Saturday, October 29, from 4 - 6 p.m., Pleasant Hill High School show choir and their Booster Club, PH Noteables, are hosting two different activities for the community. They are holding “KIDS’ Not-so-Scary Trick or Treat Trail,” on the Mo-Pac Trail, Oak Street entrance. The entrance fee of $5 per child includes a Trick-or-Treat Trail hayride, a hot dog and a drink. Children are encouraged to come in costume for sweet treats.
...From 7 - 10 p.m., the PH Noteables’ venue changes to a Trail of Terror for the older audience. For $7 admission, the participants get a Trail of Terror hayride along the Mo-Pac Trail, a hot dog and a drink. Children, aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
...Also happening on Saturday, October 29th, from 5 - 8 p.m., the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Family Fun Boo Bash. This new activity will be held at the Memorial Building in downtown Pleasant Hill, at 212 Cedar Street. Chamber members are sponsoring activities, including Face Painting, a Photo Booth, other games and refreshments. For more information and to get involved with sponsorship, call 816-540-2070.
...Many of the community churches are holding events on Monday, October 31. Big Creek Baptist Church is holding a Fall Festival from 5 - 8 p.m. They will have a petting zoo, carnival games, hot dogs and a hayride.
...Echo Church, 1203 State Rte. 7 Hwy, will have their “Trunk-or-Treat party” from 6:30-9 p.m. They have invited families “to get into costumes and bring your
kids for great music, hot chocolate, candy and treats from decorated trunks and more.”
...Grace & Truth Baptist Church, 400 Cedar Street, invite families to join them
at 6:30 p.m. for games and fellowship.
...Presbyterian Church has joined the First Christian Church at 519 Cedar Street to offer a “Trunk-or-Treat,” from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
...United Methodist Church will have their “Trunk-or-Treat” event at 1204 Lexington Road, from 5 - 7 p.m.
...Some churches did not respond to our request for information. Check your church bulletins and Facebook for information about those church activities, which are not listed here.
...Also on October 31, Sonic Drive-in, 602 N. 7 Hwy, will give free hotdogs and ice cream to everyone who appears in costume from 5 - 8 p.m.
Dare to Walk with Civil War Spirits
...Most of the Pleasant Hill Halloween events are pretty tame and will not frighten anyone to “the cause-for-alarm” degree. However in nearby Lone Jack, their Historical Society’s 14th Annual Walk with Civil War Spirits might be cause for some hair-raising moments.
...The Lone Jack Historical Society’s 14th Annual Walk with Civil War Spirits begins at the Lone Jack Civil War Museum, 301 S. Bynum Rd., Lone Jack, Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 7 p.m. and will remain open until 10 p.m. Anyone who is brave enough to take on the challenge will walk with your guide on a moonlight stroll through the Lone Jack battlefield as you hunt for Civil War spirits.
...As the moon rises, so do the spirits of the Lone Jack border area. They have wonderful, frightful stories to tell. Those who dare, are challenged to come visit with the spirits on Saturday, October 29 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
...You will follow your guide’s lantern as you search this hallowed ground for those who became embroiled in the conflict. Listen as they recount their stories of what they lived through. See the battle through the eyes of those who were there. Listen as soldiers and civilians tell of living through those heart-rending times and of their experiences.
...No tricks, just treats await. Hear their stories for just $2 per person, 12 years and older. Children 11 years and under are free. Discount admission includes museum and spirit walk. Dress for the weather.
...The all-volunteer Lone Jack Historical Society is the sole manager for day-to-day operations of the museum. Funds raised by the Annual Walk helps them keep the doors open. Donations are appreciated. For more information call the museum at 816-697-8833 or visit their website.
Sam’s Scavenger Hunt
...Sam’s Place, 2119 N. State Rte.. 7 Hwy, has tried something new, Sam’s Scavenger Hunt, October 18 - 26, 2016. The patterned their “Online via Facebook” Scavenger Hunt after an online worldwide hunt.
...On October 18, at 9 a.m., they posted a list of 20 items. Participants in the hunt were instructed to take the “best picture of your version of the item and send via Messenger with the Item Number. All items must be sent within the Oct. 18 - Oct. 26 time frame. Points were given for each picture entered, and only one picture per item was accepted.
...Those on the hunt were able to earn Bonus points by learning of “secret items” when they went to Sam’s for lunch. Pictures of the item had to be submitted the same day.
...The winner of the Scavenger Hunt will be announced at Sam’s Halloween party, October 28, between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
...Hunters were encouraged to form a team, to ask a friend from another state. Anyone could play if they wre 21 or older.
...Sam’s Place had posted a disclaimer: “No purchases were necessary. Void where prohibited. Sam’s Place is not responsible for any illegal acts made by hunters. The hunt is meant to be fun.
...The Times intends to learn how the game went and who were the winners, and if Sam’s Place will try another Scavenger Hunt at a later date. The Times will try to keep our readers posted on new developments.
...Halloween has taken on some new features. It is no longer a simple trick or treat event. It is evident, regardless of costumes or not, there are always treats, in whatever form, resulting in FUN!