By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Halloween in Imperial is the spot for events that are both scary and not so scary.
Several public events planned by organizations and churches are being held leading up to Halloween on Sunday, Oct. 31.
Imperial Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is holding its sixth annual Haunted House next weekend on Oct. 29, 30 and 31.
Set up in the city’s gym at 8th and Broadway Sts., members of the EMS with help from Pat Hammel got busy this week on getting the scary sections of the gym set up, said Deb Hayes, Imperial EMS president.
Hayes said attendees can expect several new, frightening experiences.
Those attending should enter the gym through the southeast doors, near the city council meeting room.
The Haunted House opens at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Admission will be $5 for ages 13 and older, $4 age 5-12 and $2 for age four and younger.
People can save $1 per admission if they bring a canned good to be donated to the Chase County Pantry.
Proceeds from the Haunted House are used to fund the Imperial EMS annual scholarship.
Hayes said they are willing to take younger children through the Haunted House during the daytime. Contact her at 882-8811 if interested.
Local churches hosting
At least three churches in the community are hosting other alternate events next week.
Crossroads Wesleyan Church is holding a “Faithful Night” on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the church.
Advertised as a “free, not-so-spooky Halloween alternative,” it will include activities for all ages including an obstacle course, jousting, apple bobbing and more. Soup will be served and music provided.
Organizers said scary costumes will not be allowed, as the event is designed as a positive one for the community.
The Aftershock Youth Group is hosting a Glow in the Dark Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Area 51, the former hotel at 5th and Broadway Sts. Events are free.
Carnival games, candy and food (including a meal) will be offered for youths in 6th grade and younger. Children under age six must be accompanied by an adult.
Attendees are invited to come dressed in fluorescent or white clothing, as the building will be illuminated with black lights. Adult sponsors will also be on site during the evening.
The Aftershock Youth Group is affiliated with Lighthouse Fellowship.
St. Patrick Catholic Church is hosting an All Saints Celebration next Thursday, Oct. 28. The event at the parish hall, 740 Broadway, is open to the public.
Adults and children are invited to come dressed as their favorite saint. A potluck dinner, with the meat provided, will begin the evening’s activities at 6 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a salad or dessert.