11th Monster Madness at Mills set for Oct. 28

The 11th annual Monster Madness at Mills, an outdoor Halloween event with activities for kids of all ages put on by the Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce, the Boys and Girls Club of Bryant and the Bryant Parks Department will be held one night only on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Mills Park, 1003 Mills Park Road.

At 6 p.m., “the real Monster Madness at Mills fun begins,” said Chairperson Carlton Billingsley. Trick or treating between business/candidate booths begins at 6 p.m. Munchkinland, which will feature inflatables, ghouls and pumpkins tic tac toe toss and other games, will cost $3 ticket for the armband for Munchkinland for all evening.

A Halloween costume contest, judged by the three mayoral candidates, Randy Cox, Jill Dabbs and Adrian Henley, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Mills Park stage. The contest is for children, not adults. Prizes will be given for the best costumes. There will be divisions for different ages in the competition.

Bryant Boys and Girls Club will be selling hot dogs and hot chocolate. They will also receive all proceeds from the Munchkinland and share in the proceeds from the haunted trail ride.

The haunted hayride on the trail begins at dark (about 7 p.m.) and will end at 9 p.m. The last hayride will load at 8:45 p.m.

“The trail is designed for kids 12 years and up but it is up to the parents if they want to ride with a younger child,” said Rae Ann Fields, Chamber Director.

The ride is $5 per person. Sights include zombies, a medieval catapult fight against monsters, swamp monsters, spiders, bats, vampires, cemeteries, witches, a mausoleum, scarecrows, an attack scene and a few other “surprises” with live actors.

S’mores will be served to those who ride the trail upon completion of the ride.

“This year we have new props on the trail. Look for more movement and sound,” noted Billingsley.

Businesses are invited to put on scenes on the trail. Those who sponsor scenes on the trail will be acknowledged with a four-foot high sign in the shape of a tombstone on the trail announcing their sponsorship.

A rainout date of Oct. 29 is set in case of severe bad weather. “A light drizzle or mist will not stop us,” noted Fields.

For more information or to have a business booth or political booth at the event for candy distribution, call the Bryant Chamber of Commerce at 847-4702 or email info@bryantchamber.com.

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