Begin Cruisin' Through the Holidays
With October and Halloween, the holiday season has dawned.
If you don't believe it, the Wesson Chamber of Commerce has parked a 1957 Chevy pickup truck on the southeast corner lot at Highway 51 and Spring to remind folk that, indeed, the holiday season is here and to spark the spirit that makes this time of year special.
Lights and decorations on the truck will change over the next three months to reflect the autumn and Halloween season this month, fall and the Thanksgiving season in November and winter and the Christmas season in December.
Chamber officials say it's all about "Cruisin' Through the Holidays," and is urging townspeople and Wesson visitors to buy a special t-shirt to declare that's what they're doing, capture themselves and their families pictorially posed by the truck and to begin cruisin' to the events that are happening this month during Halloween season. You can start cruisin' to:
Fear -- the Wesson haunted house that is a magnet for those who enjoy scary experiences throughout the state. The haunted house occupies the former Sunflower grocery store on Highway 5 and has been especially renovated for the new Halloween season, with ghosts, vampires, zombies, wicked witches and monsters who lurk in new settings among some 25 rooms in the old building. For $10, you can enter and roam through Fear on Fridays and Saturdays throughout October and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Halloween weekend. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Wesson Chamber of Commerce started Fear, but Wanda Westbrook, who purchased the Sunflower building, has made it an ongoing part of the community, with friends, in honor of her late husband, whose seasonal pastime was helping to transform the old Sunflower building into a venue that has been a source of enjoyment of her children and many others -- both kids and adults.
Wesson Flea Market on October 16, where a wide array of arts and crafts, fleas and food will be available. The Chamber of Commerce will also be selling its "Cruisin' Through the Holidays" t-shirts for $20 each and Wesson Lions Club will have the world's best sweet potatoes on sale, among arts and crafts and fleas vendors. A handmade turkey call will be raffled off (see stories elsewhere in this issue).
Co-Lin Homecoming Week October 25-29, with events geared not only to the college's alumni, but to the wider Wesson community as well. A community movie night on Monday, October 25, kicks off events, which will also include a 5K glow run, brunch for retirees and golf tournament through Friday. The homecoming football matchup with Co-Lin and Jones is Thursday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. (see stories elsewhere in this issue).
Halloween officially begins in Wesson on Friday morning, October 29, when children from Precious Moments day care center, the Wesson Baptist Church pre-school program, and the kindergarten at WAC will go to local merchants and businesses for candy and special treats in the annual Trick or Treat Downtown.
Door-to-door trick-or-treating begins late Saturday afternoon (October 30) and will go into the evening hours. Wesson police expect the usual calm night of street trick-or-treating, but will have officers on patrol in cars and on foot. There are no rigid rules for the evening, but police urge people to use common sense, and they affirm that vandalism will not be tolerated. Children should be supervised by their parents, with everyone traffic-conscious, walking on sidewalks or beside roadways. Trick-or-treaters should go only to homes with porch lights on and respect residents of neighborhoods who do not want to participate in the door-to-door Halloween tradition. The Old School Community Center, which has haunted house stories associated with it, and Wesson Cemetery will be off limits. Older youth and adults should be aware of where they are wearing masks and not alarm owners, clerks, and patrons at local businesses.
Due to COVID-19 safety issues, Wesson Attendance Center will not have its Fall Festival and the Town of Wesson will not host a community Halloween party in the municipal park.