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Scare on the Square promises frightful delight in downtown West Plains


Officials with the West Plains Downtown Revitalization group say they are “thrilled” to bring back the "spooktacular" fun of Scare on the Square for a second consecutive year, transforming the heart of downtown into a Halloween haven for families and fun-seekers alike.

Scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, the free community event promises an exciting array of activities designed to entertain attendees of all ages. The jam-packed evening will feature trick-or-treating at local businesses, an assortment of themed games, inflatable attractions, classic carnival treats and the highly-anticipated costume contest. The festivities will culminate in a grand parade of costumes around the town square, ensuring a memorable experience for everyone involved.

After a brief hiatus, last year’s event exceeded all expectations, drawing in a crowd of over 1,000 revelers, far surpassing the initial hope of attracting just 100 attendees. The community’s overwhelming response highlighted the event's significance and solidified its place as a staple of West Plains’ Halloween celebrations.

Mandy’s Hotdogs will be onsite serving up delicious treats, with the first 200 hotdogs for kids offered free of charge, courtesy of Community First Banking Company. Parents and guardians won’t be left out either, with a variety of tantalizing options available for purchase.

For those seeking to warm up during the festivities, 10/40 Coffee will be providing hot chocolate, with the first 100 cups free to eventgoers. To add to the festive atmosphere, DJ Will will be setting up Treat Street, complete with lights, music and an instant photo booth to capture the night’s most ghoulish get-ups.

The inflatable attractions, a guaranteed hit with the younger crowd, are generously sponsored by West Plains Bank, ensuring that the bouncy fun is accessible to all.

“Come out for a fun Halloween, there’s something for all ages,” organizers urge, extending a warm invitation to the entire community.

As West Plains looks forward to another successful Scare on the Square, the event stands as a testament to the power of community and the magic that can happen when neighbors come together to celebrate. In a world that often feels divided, these moments of joyous connection remind us of the strength found in unity, and the importance of fostering a sense of belonging for all. Scare on the Square is not just an event; it’s a celebration of community, a time for laughter and a reminder that, no matter the age, the spirit of Halloween is something all can share.