Columbia groups host trick or treat alternatives

1 year 8 months 2 weeks ago Monday, October 31 2016 Oct 31, 2016 Monday, October 31, 2016 7:25:00 PM CDT October 31, 2016 in News
By: Karla Valcourt, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter and Jared Koller, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Multiple groups in Columbia hosted alternatives to trick-or-treating and traditional festivities this Halloween.

The Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center held its first annual Trick or Treat at the Creek event Monday. The event was created as a safe, indoor alternative to trick or treating according to General Manager Brandon Kaufman.

"We wanted to do the trick or treating and all of the festivities that Halloween provides indoors so we don’t have to worry about the elements, the dangers or anything like that," Kaufman said. 

Free activities included candy corn bowling, gourd racing, caramel apple dipping, crafts, raffles, trick or treating and more.

"When they leave out of here, their bags are just as it would be if they were going to their neighborhood or somebody else’s community," Kaufman said.

Kaufman said he would like the hotel to be recognized as more than a hotel, but a community based business. The event drew in hundreds of people.

"I wanted to do more with my kids than just go door to door,” Columbia resident Sam Davenport said. "Mixing it up year to year with events like this keeps it fun." 

Kaufman said 14 businesses sponsored the event. Shakespeare's Pizza, Smoothie King, Sigma Chi and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Mid-Missouri were among some of the volunteers at the event. Next year, Kaufman hopes the event will draw in 40 to 50 businesses. 

"Right now, we have two floors blocked off in our conference center," Kaufman said. "I’d like to see it to where we just block off a whole wing of the hotel, all three floors, all four floors and just have trick or treaters."

The hotel was not the only outlet for those seeking trick or treat alternatives.

The Heimberger family also held its third annual charity food drive and haunted walk. Last year, the family collected 200 pounds of non-perishable foods. All of the donated items go to Central Missouri Food Bank. 

Event volunteer Andrew Emfield said the family has always had a passion for Halloween festivities. 

"This family truly believes in helping out the community," Emfield said. "They are dedicated to giving back, not to mention setting up one amazing haunted experience at the same time."

Emfield expects about 200 people to attend to the event this year.

More News

Grid
List
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court has given members of Congress a pile of material... More >>
11 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:52:51 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions... More >>
11 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:28:05 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The man accused of carrying out last month's deadly shooting at a Maryland newspaper has been indicted on... More >>
12 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:42:30 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The 2018 Show-Me State Games kick off Friday, bringing thousands of athletes, coaches and fans from around the... More >>
12 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:15:00 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
ASHLAND – Seven locations throughout the state are open Saturday for parents to come and get their children I.D.’d, free... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 12:58:00 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Gracelyn Mae Violet Griffin already had a "Little Nugget" onesie picked out for her before she arrived in... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 12:35:28 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An organization backing one of three competing medical marijuana initiatives in Missouri has continued to bring... More >>
14 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 11:26:00 AM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A group of Columbia moms is starting Missouri Disability Empowerment, a new organization with big goals to help... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 6:33:00 AM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - 64 years later, a different lake and nearly triple the death toll, the duck boat... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 9:12:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Russian intelligence operatives attempted to hack into the online accounts of staffers on three congressional campaigns in the... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 8:46:27 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrates being chosen Friday to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, an... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 8:05:32 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was killed Friday morning in a bicycle-to-bicycle drive-by shooting... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 7:34:02 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department will move into a new neighborhood over the next few weeks. In July,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 6:41:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Steedman man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of domestic... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 5:22:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A Missouri man has pleaded guilty in the fatal beating of his 77-year-old grandmother while he... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 3:59:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The FBI is in possession of a recording between President Donald Trump and his former personal attorney Michael... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 3:38:16 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY – House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty will resign from the Missouri House of Representatives effective Sunday in... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 12:57:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in Top Stories
COLE COUNTY — The Cole County Sheriff’s Department responded to possible weapons violation on Thursday night. When the officers... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 11:47:00 AM CDT July 20, 2018 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 70°
3am 70°
4am 69°
5am 68°
6am 68°