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20131025 halloweenWith Halloween just around the corner, local cities, fire departments and police departments are working double time to create spooky yet safe activities for citizens and their children.

Alton’s fire and police department have made a collaborative effort this year for a Halloween Haunted House, according to Alton Assistant City Manager Steve Peña. Located at the old fire department off of Alton Boulevard on Mile 5, thiswill be the first time the city of Alton has a haunted house.

“Both the fire and police chief have a lot of experience from doing these types of activities in other towns,” Peña said.

Assistant Fire Chief J.J. Salinas said they have received a lot of support from the community and local businesses, including sponsors. He added the haunted house is scheduled to be open on Halloween evening from 6-10 p.m. at 207 W. Main Ave.

The haunted house is free to all citizens, and is family friendly.

Jumping a few cities to the west, the city of Peñitas is holding a Halloween party at the Peñitas Veterans Memorial Park located on 1111 West Main Avenue. The event is being hosted by the Peñitas Public Library and is a community event.

“Every year we do something during Halloween, everything is free for the kids,” Library Assistant Noemi Garcia said. “We have a costume contest, a cake walk and crafts.”

The event will have games, activities and five different categories for the costume contest, which are divided by age groups: ages infant to 3 years-old, four to eight, nine to 12, 13-18 and 19 and older.

A creepy trolley ride will also take citizens for a ride around the park, Garcia said zombies will be along for the ride as well. The event is scheduled for Oct. 31 from 7-9 p.m. For more information on this event, contact the Peñitas Public Library at 583-5656.

The Palmview Police Department has teamed up with Walgreen’s, the event will be located at 2008 Palm Vista Dr., for a Halloween Bash from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 31. Palmview Police Department Community Relations Officer Arnoldo Sepulveda said they are trying to create a safe environment for local children.

“By providing another alternative of where to go, we are able entertain our children,” Sepulveda said. “It’s our first event, but we believe it will boost community relations with the police department and amongst our citizens.”

Sepulveda said children would be able to get their fingerprints done and receive candy from local police officers and the Palmview Fire Department. He added Walgreen’s invited all children to dress up and participate in a group, Halloween photo shoot.

The City of Mission staff also has banded together to host the Halloween Mysteries at the BOO!seum family festival at the Mission Historical Museum. From 6–9 p.m. on Oct. 31 locals can visit and experience the Jailhouse Haunted House, crafts, games, enjoy candy and watch the film “Monster House” at 7:30 p.m.

Staff from Mission City Hall will also display pumpkins from their City of Mission Jack-O-Lantern Contest. Pumpkins can be entered by departments or individuals, and first-, second- and third-place winners will receive a trophy.

For more information on BOO!fest contact the Mission Historical Museum at 580-8646.

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