Residents of this house in Byng certainly have the Halloween spirit this year. Ada and surrounding areas prepare for various festivities.

Randy Mitchell - Ada, Oklahoma

After official word was put out that this year’s KADA Halloween Safe House would not be held, many became concerned that Halloween activities could be somewhat limited this year. Never fear — this Halloween season looks to be packed full of activities and events for everyone.

Candy Bowl

Where: Pontotoc County Agri-plex.

When: Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6-8:30 p.m.

What: Candy Bowl is a special one-time event that’s being held in lieu of the annual Halloween Safe House. Pretty much the only differences between the Candy Bowl and the Safe House are the name and the organizers.

While normally KADA hosts the yearly event, this year members of the Center Free Will Baptist Church have stepped up and taken the reins in their stead.

Patrons can expect the same premise as that of the safe house; businesses and organizations will be on-hand to pass out candy to Trick-O-Treaters.

Those interested in donating or participating in Candy Bowl should call (580) 272-3465 or (580) 399-7408.

Francis Safe House

Where: Francis Fire Department.

When: Saturday, Oct. 25 from 5-7:30 p.m.

What: Organizers said that Trick-O-Treaters can look forward to games for all ages, a cake walk, concessions and much more. There will also be a costume contest and pumpkin-decorating contest, each of which will be divided into three age groups.

And, of course, there’ll be candy. The Francis Safe House is being held by the Francis Auxiliary.

Halloween Carnival

Where: 331 N. Broadway, Ada (just past the air port).

When: Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 5-9 p.m.

What: The Reaper Baptist Church is holding a Halloween Carnival to support the families of several Ada students who were seriously injured in an automobile accident earlier in the month. The carnival will feature lots of fun and games, including a costume contest, concessions and more. All proceeds from the carnival will go to the Ferguson, Quarterman, Peteet and Banner families. These are the families of the five football players from Ada who were in a wreck Oct. 4.

Trick-or-Treating in Ada

Where: Citywide.

When: Saturday, Nov. 1, starting at dusk.

What: The city of Ada has decided to postpone the celebration of Halloween one extra day and celebrate the event on the first day of November.

Trick-or-Treaters are asked to wait until Saturday before they canvass the neighborhoods and stock up on sugary loot.

Upcoming Halloween events may be submitted at (580) 310-7520 or