Multiple Halloween, fall events set this week

From the Halloween parade and carnival set Wednesday to a flurry of Halloween and other fall events scheduled Friday and Saturday, this is a busy week for fun-seeking area residents.

Parade, carnival

Uvalde Kiwanis Club members will host their 51st-annual Halloween carnival on Wednesday at the Willie De Leon Civic Center parking lot after the conclusion of the costume parade.
The parade, with starting points on North Getty Street at the intersections of Leona and Mesquite streets, will proceed south to Nopal Street beginning at 5 p.m. At the intersection of North Getty and Nopal, the procession will turn east and continue until paraders reach the civic center parking lot.
In the parade, all participants must walk or be pulled in a non-motorized unit. Motorized vehicles are prohibited.

Uvalde High School haunted house

Taking advantage of macabre spirits in the air, members of the Uvalde High School Drama Club will host their third-annual Halloween Haunted House on Friday and Saturday nights.
The community is invited to come see what lies within the Black Box Forum. Entrance is at the back of the John H. Harrell Auditorium on the high school campus.

Entry times are 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on both nights for the faint of heart. Parents are encouraged to bring younger children during this time frame.

The time slot of 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. is designed for those who think themselves brave enough to face creepy characters like ones they may have encountered on a movie or television screen. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Knippa harvest festival

Knippa Independent School District’s harvest festival will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, when Mr. and Miss Knippa High School will be announced in the Vulcan Center. The harvest festival, open to the public, will continue with food and games for all ages.

Costume contest

Vie for best male, female and couple costumes from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday at the American Legion, 583 W. Main, where the Uvalde County Nutrition Center will be hosting a Halloween-themed fundraiser. Entry fee will be $6 per person, and the kitchen will be open. Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Wolverine.

Trunk or Treat

The third-annual trunk-or-treat event organized by Tomas Valle American Legion Post 479 aims to provide candy in a family-friendly atmosphere Saturday from 6 p.m. until the candy runs out. The public is invited to attend this youth-oriented event, intended to provide a safe place for trick or treating during daylight hours, at 583 W. Main St.

Haunted hayride

The Fort Inge Historical Park’s 18th-annual haunted hayride adventure is scheduled Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Attendees will be treated to a journey of myths and legends of Southwest Texas. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

There will be a group rate of $1 off each ticket for groups of 10 or more if everyone is paying at once.According to event organizer Bill Dillahunty, participants will be entering a world where ghosts of the past reside.

“Your guide will escort you and tell of disasters, murders, hangings, lost loved ones and unsolved mysteries,” Dillahunty said. “This is a family-friendly, slight-fright event… No one will jump out at you in a hockey mask or chase you with a chainsaw. We will only deal with the age-old stories and legends of south Texas.”

Past stories of interest have included the tale of Mrs. Catherine Sutter, who weeps and she strolls along the river banks looking for her lost children, Ethan and Mary, who were swept away in the raging Leona River; and Vidal, the horse thief from across the Rio Grande who stole the wrong horse and became famous as the headless horseman of Southwest Texas.
Fort Inge is located 3 miles from downtown Uvalde, just off Farm to Market Road 140. Follow the signs. Dillahunty recommends visitors bring bug spray because of recent rainfall.

Family festival

The fourth-annual Cactus Jack Festival is slated Saturday from 3-8 p.m. at 501 Ranch. In an effort to welcome the entire community to the event, the foundation is selling tickets instead of tables, as they have done in years past.

Attendees will be able to enjoy a petting zoo; food and beverages; train, helicopter and carriage rides; face painting, and a pumpkin patch.

Tickets are available by pre-sale only. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 10 and up. Children under 10 will be admitted free of charge with the purchase of an adult ticket.

All activities are included for the ticket price except beer and wine purchases, which will be available for $3 and $5.
Food is also included in the ticket price, with options such as hamburgers, hot dogs and funnel cakes. Vero Pizza will be on-site making fresh pizza.

The schedule of events includes the Sahawe Indian Dancers performing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m, followed by live music at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at Oasis Outback and the Texas Farm Store, or by contacting

All proceeds from tickets sales and silent auction sales will benefit the Cactus Jack Foundation. The Cactus Jack Foundation was founded in 2012 by Don McLaughlin Jr., Randy Klein, Richard Williams and Danny Williams to raise money for activities designed to benefit area youth. The 501 Ranch is located 6.2 miles south of Uvalde on Highway 83.

Reformation festival

Trinity Lutheran Church will be hosting its third-annual Reformation Oktoberfest on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. on church grounds, 762 N. Getty St. The festival will celebrate the 502nd anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.
The family-friendly event will feature food and game booths, among them cake walks, bounce houses, train rides, yard games, crafts, beer, vendors and music. Contact the church at 830-278-9474 for more information on the event.

4 Hands 4 Him

First United Methodist Church of Uvalde is hosting a sacred music celebration by prolific composers Mary McDonald and Lloyd Larson on Saturday. The free performance, entitled, “4 Hands 4 Him” will be held at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary at 301 N. High St.

McDonald has composed over 800 anthems, musicals and keyboard collections over her more than 35 year career. Her songs appear in the catalogs of every major publisher of church music.

In 2000, she became the first ever woman president of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference.
McDonald was the sacred music editor for The Lorenz Corporation of Dayton, Ohio, for more than 20 years. In 2011 she became an independent artist, traveling to churches across the nation for performances.

Lloyd Larson earned a Master of Church Music degree in 1979 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He has arranged more than 1,500 published works, including choral anthems, vocal solo and duet collections, holiday works and keyboard collections.

Larson has worked for numerous major publishing companies of church and school music. He works as a clinician throughout North America. He also directs the adult choir in his home church in Minnesota, and credits the work with much of his inspiration.

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