Monsters, ghosts, ghouls, and witches are some the many spooky characters that will be spotted at the Gladys City Spookfest Oct. 26. Activities will go from 5 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. with trick-or-treating through the Boomtown buildings and fun festivities for all ages.

“Traditionally, it has been one of our best attended events,” Troy Gray, director of Gladys City said. “It’s free, safe and open to the public.”

The Greek Community and different student organizations at Lamar University are combining their efforts working to support the event by handing out candy, leading the games and craft projects.

“I want the Greek society to look forward to participating every year,” Gray said. “ It is a good way to interact with the public while doing something fun.”

Gray said that each organization volunteering has an opportunity to receive a prize.

“There will be three categories to receive one of three $100 gift cards — the most enthusiastic, the most prepared, and the most creative,” he said. “The students who received them last year were very enthusiastic and involved. I would love to see them prepare their own games and crafts for this event so they can take ownership and do something fun for the people. We try to do different things related to our buildings, For example, in the dentists building, there is ‘Shave a Balloon,’ it’s messy but it works.”

A South Park resident and blacksmith, Rob Flurry, will be showcasing his blacksmithing skills at the event for the third year in a row.

“I run the Blacksmith shop five days a week. I have been here five years, but I worked the shop back in the ’90s as well. I will be making knives.”

Gladys City will be a great, safe place to bring the kids to celebrate Halloween. For safety reasons, adults are asked not to wear masks.

Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown,  a replica of the boomtown that grew up around the Spindletop oil fields in the early 1900s, is located on US 69 at Jimmy Simmons Boulevard in Beaumont.

Sierra Kondos, UP staff writer

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