It's Halloween in Paris and Booneville

Scott Cutlip
Halloween 2020 will look a little different than Halloween 2019, but harvest season festivities will continue in Paris this week with mindfulness considered and precautions paid to the COVID-19 pandemic status.

The year 2020 has forced people to make many changes in regards to shopping, attending school, personal interactions and so much more. While the country is looking forward to a point when it can put the coronavirus behind it, people have had to find ways to exist and enjoy life during the pandemic while still being safe. This includes Halloween, during which normal events that have become a tradition have had to be canceled or modified.

Must-sees such as the Scantling Haunted House in Booneville have modified by changing from a haunted house to a walk-through, with the owners often scheduling individual families to view at one time.

While there has been no ordinance barring trick-or-treating in Booneville or Paris, it is cautioned that parents and trick-or-treaters be cautious when they are out. According to Booneville police chief Benjamin Villarreal, participants should “be mindful of (each) other and respect one another. Please try to follow guidelines when possible.”

For those who do not want to participate in the usual Halloween night activities, the community has other choices available.

Main Street Paris

Main Street Paris, a nonprofit aimed at revitalizing downtown Paris, is providing a socially distant alternative to going from door to door by holding Screams on the Square. Normally, the Screams on the Square includes games, bounce houses, face painting, and other activities, but this year is going to be a drive-thru event, in which candy will be handed by local merchants to trick-or-treaters who will stay in their vehicles

“There will be sign markers around the square telling which way to go,” said Shawnee Stengel, Main Street Paris director. The drive-thru starts on the north side of the square, turning by Scott’s Flowers. The event will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. The first 50 children will get a free trick-or-treat bag.

In addition to Screams on the Square, there is a virtual Halloween costume contest held from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2. Photos of the contestants in costume are to be emailed to The contestants will be shown on Main Street Paris’s Facebook page, and the person with the most likes will win. There are categories for 12 and under and 13 and older, and the winner in each will receive a $20 Walmart gift card.

Remy's ’Howloween’ Adoption Bash

Fabulous Finds, a small-business collective in Paris that has been open for three months, will be hosting Remy’s Howloween Adoption Bash, named after owner Shelley Schluterman’s pet raccoon, Remy. It is a pet adoption day and pet Halloween costume 12-5 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31. The pet costume contest has an entry fee of $5, with contestants admitted by 3 p.m. and the judging done at 4 p.m.

Pet adoptions are sponsored by Shoal Bay Animal Haven. According to Jodi Reynolds of Shoal Bay, the number of animals will be relatively small, as this is the first adoption event in the Paris area. Fees are between $100 to $150 for dogs and $40 to $60 for cats. All animals over 4 months are spayed/neutered. Reynolds suggests anyone considering adoption pre-approve with Shoa Bay at Anyone adopting a cat is required to bring a pet carrier.

According to Schluterman, there will be games and food. Entry, except for the costume contest, is free, with minimal fees for games. Fabulous Finds is located at 102 W. Walnut. The pet adoption will be across the street at the Eiffel Tower.

Booneville Halloween

On Halloween evening, the Booneville Police Department will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. Winners of the Oct. 24 Creepy Crawl 5K in Booneville will be announced online this week.

Screams on the Square in Paris, which normally includes games and other activities, will be a drive-thru event this year. Candy will be handed out by local merchants to trick-or-treaters who will stay in their vehicles. This photo is from the 2019 Screams on the Square in Paris.