candy bowl

The "Candy Bowl" will be held Oct. 30 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Pontotoc County Agri-plex.

Richard R. Barron - Ada, Oklahoma

While local radio station KADA’s Halloween Safe House will be put on hiatus this year, a Halloween event offering the same fun and games for all has stepped up to take its place. The “Candy Bowl,” as it’s been dubbed by organizers, will be held on October 30 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Pontotoc County Agri-plex and is being held specificially to provide Trick-o-Treaters with the same friendly environment and safe alternative to going out at night that the Safe House has given in the past.

“It’s the same thing as the Safe House, we’re just changing the name,” said organizer Phillip Wood. “It’s just a one-year deal.”

Wood and other organizers decided to hold the Candy Bowl afer Safe House organizers sent letters out to former participants, informing them that the Safe House would not be held in 2008. “A group of us said that it wasn’t fair to the kids to not have a chance to have a safe place to go and get candy and stuff like that,” Wood said. “It’s going to be the same format as the (Safe House). The main thing I want to emphasize is that it’ll be a friendly, safe alternative to Trick-O-Treating.”

The structure of the Candy Bowl will be on par with previous Safe House events, said Wood. “We’ve already got quite a few businesses placed in booths,” said organizer Heather Bellville. “There are still booths open for any churches or businesses that would like to have one. Booths are 10’x10’ or 10’x20’. The booths are free, they’ll just need to have candy for five to seven thousand kids.”

“We’ve actually had people donating money for candy and stuff,” said Wood. “So far there’s been a really good public response.”

Bellville said area busineses could expect to receive letters within the next several days detailing the program and asking for their support. Additionally, anyone interested in donating time, candy or funds for purchasing supplies are encouraged to contact Wood at (580) 272-3465 or Belleville at (580) 399-7408.