Spooktacular

Lincoln County Ambulance District’s “SPOOKY” Ambulance has been a regular fixture at Halloween events in the area for several years. The ambulance will be featured at Troy’s “Spooktacular!” at Fairgrounds Park on Oct. 24.

Troy’s “Spooktacular!” serves as Halloween alternative to the community.

The Troy Chamber of Commerce is asking the community to bring their lawn chairs – and the kids to wear their Halloween costumes. 

Troy’s “Spooktacular!” will be held on Oct. 24 at Fairgrounds Park on South Lincoln Drive, hosted by Troy Marble & Granite and the Troy Convention & Visitor’s Bureau of Missouri, in addition to the Chamber. 

“The focus was to give the kids something to do that was free and fun,” Troy Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rachel South said. “It’s just a service to the community.”

The “Spooktacular!” will begin with a Safe Trunk or Treat from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the children. Food trucks will also be available until 6 p.m. 

Afterward, the movie “Hocus Pocus,” will begin around 6:15 p.m., or whenever darkness sets in Troy. The Lincoln County Ambulance District will also be bringing its “SPOOKY” Ambulance, which has become a yearly tradition in the area.

Also, a truck will be available for the community to donate food items for Buddy Bags during the event.

The “Spooktacular!” is replacing the annual Pumpkin Festival on Main Street, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once it was determined holding the Pumpkin Festival was no longer a possibility, South and Rachel Dunard of the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau collaborated on putting together a different community event for area families to enjoy on a Saturday night in Troy.

“That’s what we want to do,” South said. “We want a safe place for parents and their children to have a good time with so many things being canceled.”

Temperatures will be around 60 degrees at the start of the “Spooktacular!,” and will fall into the 40s closer to the end. South said, though Missouri weather is often unpredictable, she thinks the community will come out for the event.

“Anything is possible (with the weather in Missouri),)” she said. “We expect a good turnout. Feedback for it has been great so far.”

There is still time for volunteers to sign up for the “Spooktacular!” Those interested in doing a trunk for the Trunk or Treat, or if you are a local food truck vendor who would like to participate, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (636) 462-8769.

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