Halloween may have a scary reputation, but Safe Events for Families (SEFF) and numerous non-profit area organizations are teaming together this month to provide safe, fun, fall family orientated fun day during the annual Boo on Bell Street.
Boo on Bell is located in the historical downtown Shawnee area. The annual event will be held all day in downtown Shawnee, with most of the events on Bell Street just off Main. The day is sponsored by Safe Events for Families (SEFF), a local group devoted to providing family-friendly activities in Shawnee.
Joining SEFF this year are more than 20 non-profit organizations that will have booths, provide carnival games, live music, fun, food and much more.
Kicking off the day this year is a new event called The Boo Bike Tour. Riders will tour the downtown area before heading out on a 45 mile ride. Registration will begin at 8:00 AM with the ride starting at 9:00 AM. Each participant will receive a Boo on Bell T-Shirt.
At 10:00 AM the Knight Auto Club will have a monstrously great car show. Spectators can vote for their favorite car. Award ceremony will be at 1:00 PM.
1:30 PM will kick off the Pioneer Multi County Library Systems, "Masquerade" paper mask making event. The event is free and anyone can participate in the event.
3:30 PM opens the Main Street Trick or Treat Trail. Children will trick-or-treat at local participating merchants. This event is free and is sponsored by the downtown merchants and local area banks.
At 5:00 PM at Bell and Main is the Monster Mash Children's Costume Contest. Children from ages 0 - 12 can participate in this free event.
The famous Twilight Zone Carnival area featuring local non-profit organizations will open the midway at 4:00 PM. All monies raised from this carnival goes to those non-profit organizations to help them in their fund raising campaigns. Organizations such as area schools and local charities will be featured.
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) which has been a part of the SEFF team for the past two years will return will a new event for pets. At 6:00 PM CCI proudly sponsors the Frankenmutt costume contest. Along with the costume contest will be contests for the longest tail, best howl and greatest pet trick. Canine Companions for Independence, is a national non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities.
The Animal Safety Center, a local non-profit group that saves animal shelter pets, will be back this year providing kennels for dogs during the day's events. For a donation to ASC, dog owners can leave their pets at the ASC sponsored kennels. ASC will feed, water and play with the dogs while owners they enjoy the rest of the activities. C&W Wagons will once again be available during the Boo on Bell Event.
The Wagons loaded with hay will open for business at 4:00 PM.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., The Spirits of Shawnee Ghost Walk will be held. Come hear stories from Shawnee's past during the Twenties and Thirties when Gangster's and G-Men ran the city. Tales of Murder, Suicide and revenge will be recanted. Local business owners still claim to experience many odd events in their stores.
Zombie Island, sponsored this year by SEFF will be devoted to teens and the young at heart, in the area behind the courthouse. Along with laser tag and a climbing wall, local bands Josiah's Fish (Christian music) and Ballistic Belinda's will entertain you.
Another new event this year is the family Boo Bash Street Dance. At 8:00 local DJ Craig Sutton will rock and shock you.
An Adult costume contest will take place at 9:00 PM. An exciting awards package will be provided to the winner.
There is no admission fee to attend Boo on Bell Street. Tickets can be purchased for the Twilight Zone Carnival games. Cost is 50 cents a ticket or $5 for a family pack of 12 tickets. Zombie Island requires a $3.00 armband be purchased in order to enter the island. Spirits of Shawnee Ghost Tour is $6.00 for Adults and $4.00 for children 10 and under. SEFF is a non-for-profit corporation. Part of the Boo on Bell proceeds go toward SEFF, to help it continue offering family activities. Participating organizations also will earn money for their own activities.