Warsaw Marks Halloween With Hoopla And Mayhem

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Fun, food, spooky decor and prizes greeted 42 disabled adults at a zombie themed Halloween Party on October 12, at the Warsaw Shrine Club. It was made possible by a cooperative sponsorship between the Center for Human Services (CHS) in Sedalia and the local Shrine Club, aimed at providing an opportunity for the attendees to get out in the community, socialize and have fun. Friends and family were also invited, increasing the number of people at the event to about 90.  
Party-goers were adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities from Benton, Hickory, Dallas, and Polk counties. They receive services from CHS, headquartered in Sedalia, that include helping them find resources and programs in their counties to help them have lives without limitations. Adults aged 16 and older have a total of five or six social events each year, including the Halloween party. There is a picnic/ice cream social, a winter ball where they dress up and have a catered meal, bowling games and an event in March that sports different themes.
“Everyone at the Halloween party had fun,” said Chanisty Lambert, Training Coordinator and Social and Leisure Coordinator with CHS. “Food included hamburgers and hot dogs from the Shriners, and cookies from Subway. I acted as the DJ for the dancing that took place from 6 to 8:30 PM, and we had contests for dancing, mummy wrapping, and costumes.  There were prizes for three types of costumes including the scariest, funniest and most original. One of the winners was dressed in a robe and a mask, and had curlers in her hair. They loved dressing up and talked about their costumes for weeks before the party. The decorations included many ‘body parts,’ zombie backdrops and balloons with lights in them. We decorated pumpkins and had a make- shift fortune teller on hand.”
Lambert said that the parties for this particular group of individuals have always taken place in Benton County because it is where the social events began 10 years ago.  This was the first year for the Warsaw Shrine Club to sponsor an event. The Warsaw Elks Lodge has sponsored previous events and the Knights of Columbus have also been involved.
Lambert said that the social events for disabled adults were first planned by a previous director, and she has been doing them for over four plus years. 
Other Halloween related events are happening in Benton County this month. Pumpkin Painting will take place in the Community Building on October 18, at 6 PM for those who register by October 15. Heritage Days will be this weekend, October 20 and 21, at Drake Harbor and the Truman Dam Visitor Center. There will be many vendors, entertainment, food and a living history experience presented by the Kaysinger Bluff Pioneer Heritage Days committee.
 St. Ann’s Bazaar will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church located at 30455 W. Dam Access Road, in conjunction with Heritage Days. There will be games, raffles, vendor booths, and lunch will be served on October 20 and 21.
The Boonslick Regional Library in Warsaw will have Halloween Story Time with refreshments on Thursday, October 25, from 10 to 11 AM.  Children aged two to five are invited to attend and are welcome to wear costumes. Friends of the Library will also be holding a book sale on October 30, from 9 AM to 5 PM, and October 31, from 9 AM to 1 PM. Books will be sold in large Aldi bags for $5 a bag on the 30th, and $1 a bag on the 31st.
The Zombie 5K Run and Scary Movie Night will take place on October 26. The Scary movie will be at Drake Harbor, and the Zombie 5K Run will be at Mountain Bike Park, 28565 Benton House Ave. The event takes place from 5 to 9 PM.
Trick or Treat will be at the Edwards Firehouse #4, across from the Edwards Community Building on Hwy 7 South, beginning at 5 PM. Those who want to donate candy can drop it off at the station, or stay and hand it out.
A Halloween Hoopla on Main Street, hosted by the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce, will take place October 31, on Main Street. Local businesses will hand out tricks or treats in a safe and friendly environment.
The Warsaw Senior Center will celebrate Halloween on the morning of October 31 with a costume party, games and other activities extending through lunch.