Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Witch way is the candy?

Hailey Chamber of Commerce to host Halloween Hoopla on Friday

Express Staff Writer

Kids get an early start on Halloween last year at the Hailey Halloween Hoopla.
Express file photo

    All Hallow’s Eve is nearing; prepare for a night of fright, fructose and fun. Halloween’s origins are thought to stem from the post-harvest Celtic festival Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween), in which people would stock up on food and supplies for winter. The date links fall and winter, life and death, and the holiday allows for a lighter look at the concept of death. People dress up as the living dead and tombstones adorn houses—all in good fun.
    Goblins, ghouls and gremlins will be filling the streets of downtown Hailey to trick-or-treat on Friday, Oct. 31, from 3-5 p.m. during the annual Hailey Halloween Hoopla. Participating businesses will display orange and black balloons, and employees will give out candy to the kids and creatures on their doorsteps. Last year, more than 2,400 pieces of candy were handed out.
    This family-friendly event is suitable for the whole community. Kristy Heitzman, membership director for the Hailey Chamber of Commerce, described the event as “small-town at its best. It’s what we all live here for. Not only are the kids dressed up, but the parents are dressed up—the sidewalks are completely packed with witches, goblins and werewolves.”
Halloween Costume Contest
    Looking to show off a fabulous costume? The Liberty Theatre will host a Halloween Costume Contest for all ages, every 15 minutes from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive Chamber Bucks, which are treated like cash at more than 80 different businesses throughout the valley. Participating businesses include Albertsons and Atkinsons’, as well as restaurants and shops.
    “It keeps the money local,” said Heitzman.
Spook Alley
    The Wood River High School Key Club and Idaho Drug Free Youth are constructing Spook Alley, a haunted maze and mad scientist’s lab that will be located between The Mint and Jane’s Artifacts on Friday. Once inside the alley, kids will first walk through the twists and turns of a haunted maze that will eventually lead to the lair of the mad scientist. Children can then examine and touch the mad scientist’s experiments, and lastly, exit through a cemetery. Spook Alley is intended for elementary school children and is free to attendees; however, proceeds in the form of donations will support club membership fees and retreats.
    At the entrance of Spook Alley, the Hailey Chamber’s Haunted Kitchen will sell spooky (hot) dogs, chips and a drink for $1.
    “So the kids can get something of substance … besides stuffing down candy,” said Heitzman.
Scarecrow Contest
    The Hailey Scarecrow Contest will be ongoing until Oct. 30—voting will take place on Facebook. Awards will be given to “Most Hailey,” “Most Halloween,” “Most Hoopla” and “Best in Show.” The contest is open to all ages, individuals, families, organizations and businesses. To enter, send a photo of your scarecrow with your name, contact info and location of the scarecrow to Entries will be posted on the Hailey Chamber Facebook page. The winner will be decided on Oct. 30 by 3 p.m.
    For more information on any of these events, call the Hailey Chamber at 788-3484.

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