Research has revealed that today’s students aren’t as bothered by other’s misfortunes as they once were. Columnist Deidra Jackson writes about young people of today not being as sensitive and wonders if the times they’ve been raised in have a lot to do with that. (October 28, 2010, Page 4)
The North Oxford Baptist Church will host two free Hallow-Him festivals on Friday, one for young kids and the other geared for teens.
The Hallow-Him Carnival for preschoolers to sixth-graders will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the church’s Family Life Center. Kids will enjoy carnival games, refreshments a costume parade (no scary costumes) and lots of candy.
The Xtreme Hallow-Him festival, for youth in grades seven through twelve, will follow from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Family Life Center. This festival will feature inflatable games and much more. For more information, call 234-9343. (October 27, 2010)
Hermitage Gardens on Belk Boulevard will host a trick-or-treat event for elementary-school aged and younger kids. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday. (October 27, 2010)
The annual Halloween Spooktacular Safestop will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday on the Lafayette County Courthouse. This free event will feature games, candy, information, a costume parade and more. The costume parade will be held at 5. This event is free for the children and families of the community.
The Spooktacular Safestop is sponsored by Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi Inc., Domestic Violence Project Inc., Lafayette County Department of Human Services: Family and Children Services, Lafayette County Law Enforcement Association, Lift Inc., Lafayette/Oxford School Attendance Office and the Lafayette County 4-H. (October 27, 2010)
“H2: Healthy Halloween on the Square” will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. This family event mixes the celebration of Halloween with arts, crafts and the chance to learn that treats can be healthy. Rebel Body Fitness, Holli’s Sweet Tooth, Vegfund and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council host this activity that encourages families not just to walk on Halloween, but enjoy walking and making healthy choices together every night.
This free event features art, crafts and activities to engage the mind and body from bobbing for apples grown locally on a co-op farm, encouraging kids to play everyday to stay healthy, and use their creativity with crafts from Brilliant Easel Art School and the University Museum.
Several booths will be set up and many special activities will be held, such as giving kids the chance to see if they have the loudest, scariest scream at the scream contest hosted by Children’s Dental Center, a magic show by Steve Thomas, and stories from Square Books Jr. and the Oxford Literacy Council. These are just a few of the special activities and booths at H2: Healthy Halloween on the Square. (October 27, 2010)
Cossar State Park, located not too far outside of Lafayette County, will hold its annual Halloween festivities on Saturday. Games will be held at the visitor’s center in the park. A cake walk will be featured and a haunted trail will be open. Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 10. (October 27, 2010)
The Northwest Side Civic Club (Harmontown Community Center) just off Highway 310 on CR 511 is having a Haunted Hayride from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at a cost of $1. There will also be a costume dance at the community center from 6-9 this evening at a cost of $3 per person, couples $). There will be a costume contest with two categories: age 12 and under, or age 13 and up. Prizes for first through third place in each category. Concessions will be open. For more information, contact Dee Jones at 526-0495. (October 27, 2010)
Join the boos and ghouls from the Department of Physics and Astronomy for spooky physics demos from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Lewis Hall on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Bring the kids and learn about waves, electricity, magnetism and more. Expect a hair-raising experience. One of the experiments involves a Van der Graff generator, a metal globe that shoots enough electricity through those who touch it to make their hair stand up. Harmless, of course. Other “nefarious” experiments may involve a bed of nails, fire and using an electromagnetic field to levitate items. Also, learn how to freeze ice cream with liquid nitrogen, at minus 300 degrees. Other fun includes food and a Halloween costume contest for youngsters. The program is free. For more information, contact Josh Gladden at 915-7428 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (October 27, 2010)
The North Mississippi Storytellers Guild will close its Halloween season at 6 p.m. Friday by sharing ghostly tales and songs under the Bodock tree at the L.Q.C. Lamar Museum. The Telling Teens will join the tellers to showcase their tales learned in workshops offered through a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission by master storyteller Rebecca Jernigan. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets and join the tellers and musicians for this first-ever telling under the spectral shadow of the ancient Bodock tree. (October 27, 2010)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library will host its annual Halloween costume contest and party at 10:30 a.m. Friday. (October 27, 2010)