Halloween Alternatives Abound In DeSoto

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(Southaven, MS) Halloween parties have become as popular as trick-or-treating itself, and with bad weather forecast for Halloween this year, DeSoto County has more options than ever.

Connie Pierson of Olive Branch believes door to door trick or treating is over-rated.

"I think it should be inside, maybe more in the churches and indoor stuff."

That’s why Southaven police VIP volunteers are busy packing up bags of treats for the department’s annual haunted house and Halloween party.

”Everybody worries about dropping their kids off at houses and things like that so the Police Department for years now, has furnished another alternative and several other governments do also,” said Police Chief Tom Long.

Southaven's haunted house features a little bit of everything, from the odd to the downright scary.

If fright’s not your thing, SouthPoint Church down the street has the newest Halloween thing going.

It’ll have dozens of people with decorated car trunks outside the church for a safer door-to-door alternative, even if the weather turns bad.

”If it doesn’t work outside, we have a great spacious lobby that we’re gonna move everything inside,” said Pastor Craig Wendel.

And there is plenty of room.

Pastor Wendel says it’s a way for his church and its members to get involved in the neighborhood, and maybe fill a few more seats come Sunday morning.

"One of the reasons that we went in and restored this older building on the corner of 51 and Stateline is because we want it to be a community place."

And if you think kids will get shortchanged by going to big, indoor, organized events like these, think again.

"You could technically fill up a child’s candy sack up on Halloween by going to the several fire department, police department events in the county and in the city,” Chief Long explained.

Parents say it provides just enough fright, and gives them a little piece of mind.

"It’s safer for the kids to be inside and not on the streets,” said Pierson.

Most of the indoor events end early in the evening too.

From the Commercial Appeal:

The Southaven Explorers’ haunted house experience is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the police station, 8691 Northwest Drive off State Line Road just west of Interstate 55.

This weekend, two groups plan fundraising events that may hike goose bumps too:

Saturday at 7 p.m. in Hernando at the old Banks House mansion gallery of the DeSoto Arts Council, 564 W. Commerce Street, the nonprofit presents the “Murder at the Mansion Polter Heist” caper, an audience-participation mystery-comedy.

Tickets are $50 each and include “Who Dunnit?” packet, hors d’oeuvres and drink ticket. A “Cash for the Cause” bar will be available, said arts council executive director Lisa Beene. For tickets or more information, call 662-404-3361, e-mail dac.desotoarts@gmail.com or contact desotoarts.com.

At dusk, or about 6 p.m., Saturday in Hernando, the Friends of Springhill present the third-annual All Souls event at the antebellum cemetery west of the square with re-enactors portraying early, pioneering residents at rest there.

“There’s no admission fee, but donations for ongoing cemetery restoration will be accepted,” said civic activist Tom Ferguson. “We’ll have hot cocoa for everyone.”

“All Souls’ Day is a day of prayer for deceased souls, and many people visit cemeteries where their loved ones are buried,” said Ferguson.

Springhill cemetery is at Oak Grove Road and Robinson Gin Road; for more information, visit springhillfriends.org.