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JOY Center trunk or treat starts Halloween events in Roswell

Employees of Kymera Independent Physicians and their family members wave at passing cars during the 2020 drive-thru trunk or treat event at the clinic, 400 Military Heights Place. This year's event will be a walk-through event on Oct. 30. A trunk-or-treat from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Chaves County Joy Center, 1822 N. Montana Avenue, kicks off the spooky season in Roswell. (Daily Record File Photo)

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Halloween is more than two weeks away, but events for the whole family are already in the works around Roswell.

The spooky season kicks off with a trunk or treat from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Chaves County JOY Center, 1822 N. Montana Ave.

Organizer Alex Berrera said more than 30 vendors have signed up to bring vehicles and hand out candy to children in the center’s parking lots.

The evening will include contests, games, a bounce house and food trucks, he said.

“We’re going to have a car decorating contest” for vendors, Berrera said. “The best decorated car, we’ll give out a trophy for, and then we’ll have a costume contest for kids and adults. We’ll give out a trophy for that also.”

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Among the vendors scheduled are the FFA from both Roswell and Goddard high schools, who will also be volunteering at the event, the Roswell Public Library, Dexter-Midway Fire Department and Goddard 4-H, Berrera said.

The Night of the Living Zoo, a fundraiser for Spring River Zoo, returns on Oct. 29 and 30. From 5 to 9 p.m. both days, the event will include 20 sponsors with booths offering candy, trinkets or games to play, Juanita Jennings, public affairs director for the city, said.

Tickets for the event are $5 per person and can be purchased at www.roswellconnect.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate, but those who have purchased tickets before the event will get through the entry line faster, Jennings said.

The fee includes admission to the zoo and all proceeds go to the zoo. The event is for all ages.

“It’s different trick-or-treating stations, some games and just kind of fun activities, as well as the spooky carousel ride,” Jennings said.

Concessions such as popcorn and caramel apples will be sold and a movie screen will show old, spooky movies, she said.

The zoo animals will get their own treats during the event, such as pumpkins or molasses.

“There’ll be some different lighting effects because it’s the night, so it’ll be a spooky little treat, but not very scary,” she said.

The Fall Festival will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at at the Roswell Convention Center, 912 N. Main. The city partnered with Waymaker Church for the free event, Jennings said.

“They have created all of the carnival games, and their carnival games are amazing,” she said.

The Roswell police, fire and sanitation departments will be there with several of their vehicles, and Frodo the owl from Spring River Zoo will make an appearance, she said.

Several other events are planned in Roswell:

• MainStreet Roswell will bring trick or treating to downtown from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30. Businesses will give out candy to children in costumes and some will have random gift giveaways or drawings for prizes. More details will be posted on the MainStreet Roswell Facebook page and website closer to the event.

• Lovelace Regional Hospital will have a drive-thru trunk or treat from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Enter the parking lot from East 19th Street.

• Kymera Independent Physicians, 400 Military Heights Place, will have a walk-through trunk or treat in its parking lot from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30. More details will be advertised as the date gets closer.

• American Legion Post 61 will have a drive-thru haunted house from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Pennsylvania. Use Kentucky Avenue for the entrance.

• Wicked Phobia’s Haunted House will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 30 at 1305 S. Michigan Avenue. There is no admission fee, but an item of non-perishable food or pet food is suggested. Proceeds will be donated to Roswell Community Disaster Relief.

Note: This story corrected the time and date for the Fall Festival at 10:51 a.m. Oct. 13. Two events were also added.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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