Costume contests, parties, concerts, trick-or-treating and playing games brought out kids of all ages Saturday as they celebrated Halloween in Conway.
Members of the Earth Girls Roots and Shoots hosted a Halloween party to bring in donations of food and money to Bethlehem House Saturday afternoon at Paisley’s Parties and Boutiques on Chestnut Street. Pearce Heating and Air was also an event sponsor.
In addition to games, the youth participated in a costume contest and had treats and crafts.
Paisley’s Boutique recently opened, but Cassidy Sniegowski said, "We love Halloween and would love to do it again." The party brought in 20 cans for Bethlehem House and some money. The Roots and Shoots program was created by Jane Goodall.
Youth from Second Baptist Church also helped out Bethlehem House. Several youth trick or treated for canned goods rather than candy this year to help the organization’s food bank.
The food collected will be added to the church’s additional collections and be presented to Bethlehem House.
At the Robinson and Center Church of Christ, trick or treaters were treated to trunk or treat with candy, games, temporary tattoos and a bounce house. Children and their dogs even dressed in tandem. Evan Hopwood dressed as a banana to compliment dog Ladybug’s banana costume.
At Central Baptist Church, the trick or treaters also played games with hula hoops and bean bags. They also were able to grab candy and spend some time in bounce houses.
For the adults, there was The Exquisite Corpse Halloween Rockfest, featuring several local bands, such as The Strip Malls, The Boomers, Amsterdamned, Stoke Newington and The Conway Twitties.
Held at the Bear’s Den, the event raised money to produced the second issue of The Exquisite Corpse Annual to be released in the spring.