It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween

Unsuspecting victims begin the long, horrific trek along Melvern Riverfront Trail, Saturday night. With the trail lined with  gruesome hillbilly crime scenes, it made visitors think they’d never again want to walk in the woods at night near Melvern. Photo thanks to Rick Potter.

Halloween is Thursday, Oct. 31, along with trick or treating in Osage County, with a focus on the treats. Several “trunk or treat” events and other activities have been scheduled. Trunk or treat events consist of people parking their cars in a designated area and doling out treats to a parade of costumed children, who seem to instinctively know when and where these events are happening.

For those without candy-finding instincts, here is a list of Halloween events around the county:


Carbondale has developed a reputation for its trunk or treat event, which usually has an abundance of treats, costumed characters, and generous trunkers. The entire downtown is cordoned off for the celebration. This year it will be held on Halloween evening, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


On Halloween night in Lyndon, the United Methodist Church is hosting a family fun event at the Lyndon Elementary-Middle School gymnasium. During the Hallelujah Square, activities, games and prizes will be offered, along with hot dogs and other refreshments. Everyone is invited to the free event, which will be 6-8 p.m.

Lyndon Pride is also sponsoring a Halloween decorating contest that will be judged on Oct. 30. The 2013 Spooktacular Awards will be awarded to the top three residential Halloween displays and to the best business display in town. Prizes are gift certificates for local restaurants; a $50 prize will be awarded to the top overall display.


At Overbrook, trunk or treaters will gather at the Overbrook Fairgrounds 6-8 p.m. Halloween. The United Methodist Church hosts the event and all trunks, treaters, and costumed treat-gatherers are invited.

Overbrook Attendance Center students will also celebrate Halloween with a downtown trek sometime during the day, during which they visit local merchants and businesses.

Quenemo, Osage City, Melvern

There will be student parades at Quenemo and Osage City during the day, and along with Melvern, Halloween will be celebrated that night as is tradition: TRICK OR TREAT! (Remember to turn your porch light off when you run out of treats.)


Scranton had its trunk or treat gathering Saturday, Oct. 26,  hosted by local churches. Grade school-aged townskids also celebrate on Halloween day, visiting downtown merchants to entice them to give up some of their treats.


Burlingame’s trunk or treat event was Sunday, Oct. 27, in the historic downtown. The event was sponsored by Burlingame Recreation Commission.

happyhalloweenOther events?

Anyone who has other organized Halloween events in Osage County area that are open to the public, can contact Osage County News to be added to this list.

Have a safe and happy Halloween, Osage County! 

Revised 9:54 a.m. Oct. 29, 2013, to reflect past events at Scranton and Burlingame.

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