Talk of the Town - October 2018
- story by Lisa Monti, photos by Ellis Anderson
Halloween is a huge holiday, with millions of people spending billions of dollars on candy, costumes, decorations and whatever else to scare up a good time.
Locally, celebrating Halloween fits right into our community’s nonstop celebration of history, family get-togethers and fundraising for a cause, all with an emphasis on fun.
And since Oct. 31 falls on Wednesday, this year’s festivities will get under way on the weekend before Halloween. There are several traditional local events on the calendar, along with a hot new one that’s been added to the cauldron.
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The gathering kicks off at Mockingbird Café (110 S. Second Street) and meanders in downtown for shopping, eating and socializing. Many merchants will be participating with specials and refreshments, including Bodega (111 Court Street). Costumers will get numbers from participating businesses to play Witches Wingo – a holiday themed Bingo game.
After lunch, at around 1:30 p.m., the witches will meet outside of Lulu’s on Main (126 Main Street) to start their parade to Cuz’s restaurant (108 S. Beach Blvd., led by the Bay Ratz Marching Battery.
To cap off the day, there will be a dance around the cauldron at Cuz’s, where prizes donated by Old Town Merchants will be awarded for best hat, shoes and brooms and the winning Wingo card.
Bay St. Louis resident and costumer extraordinaire, Karen West, is one of the event organizers. West says it all started when she and a few friends dressed up for a Halloween birthday luncheon in 2012. Last year, 36 women participated.
This year, they had hoped to double those numbers. But after 75 tickets sold out immediately and people clamored for more, the event was expanded to encompass more Old Town venues. Registration reopened. As of October 1, West says 127 women have registered.
“It’ll be a day of fun and frivolity, for sure!” West declared.
The $10 registration fee will benefit the Hancock County Food Pantry and the Bay Ratz Marching Battery. Sign up at the Social Chair, 201 Main Street, Bay St. Louis or send payment via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Witches will pay for their own libations and food along the way.
The historic cemetery is the resting place of many interesting residents, and each year the Hancock County Historical Society members and volunteers portray some of the more notable ones.
Cedar Rest is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information call 228-467-4090.
McLeod Park Campground is located at 8100 Texas Flat Road in Kiln. for more info, call 228-467-1894 or visit the Facebook page.