Halloween Carnival returns to Blackwell

by Charles Gerian

Like a zombie, Blackwell's Halloween Carnival will come back from the dead Oct. 26 after a four-year hiatus.

Organizers of carnival, which was started in 1995 by Sharon Vetter and the Blackwell Police Department, are currently seeking donations from the public. They are also asking for local residents and businesses to get involved with the event, according to Lisa Vargas, the city’s head librarian.

“We were happy to be working with Sharon,” said Vargas. “When I was asking around town on how we could bring the community together for a Halloween event, they all said I had to speak with Sharon.”

The carnival will begin at 6 p.m. in the event center at the county fairgrounds. It will feature a costume contest, door prizes, and more – if Blackwell residents help out.

“The Halloween Carnival provides a safe and fun environment for these kids,” Vargas explained. “We're going to have games, food, and a lot of options for everyone, but we need the community. Any groups that wish to set up there, provide candy, and provide prizes should contact myself or Sharon. We already have Blackwell Regional Hospital and a few others who are excited to be joining us.”

Vargas can be reached at the Blackwell Public Library, located at 123. W. Padon, by calling 580-363-1809. Vetter can be reached at 580-363-1203.

In other Halloween-related news, the Blackwell Public Library and the Top of Oklahoma Museum will create a map of “Trunk-or-Treat” locations throughout the city that families can visit on Trick-or-Treat night, which will be held Oct. 31.