Halloween event in Simon Park gives alternative for parents

Thriller in the Park is back for its third year this Halloween night.

 

Hosted by Funk Fusion Company, the annual event welcomes the whole family out for fun games, music, a costume contest and dancing during the free, candy-filled night.

Chante Erby, director at Funk Fusion and event organizer, said they had more than 200 people come out last year.

“This year, we’re expecting a lot more,” she said. “I know it’s going to be pretty big.

Erby said their Facebook event 71 confirmed guests who have said they are going and several hundred interested.

“It was such a hit last year,” she said. “I had not one complaint.”

Erby said they will have a DJ there, games, costume contest, a big candy giveaway, mummy wrap race with kids and their parents, pie in the face.

“We had some really cool costumes [last year],” she said.

At the end of the night, Erby said they also have a big dance number to Michael Jackson’s, “Thriller.”

She said anyone who knows the dance is allowed to get up on the stage and go for it.

“Everybody just has a ball,” Erby said.

For those that don’t know the routine, a group is meeting Saturday from 12-1 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library to teach it and everyone is welcome.

She said the only thing she asks is that people bring candy donations to help with the night of the event.

Erby said she likes Halloween, but doesn’t think it’s safe anymore to let kids go door to door. She said the park event gives families an alternative, safe way to enjoy the holiday.

“We like people just to have fun,” Erby said.

She said last year the event turned out great and she was happy with the result.

“It was a blessing to see everybody have fun,” Erby said. “It was absolutely wonderful last year so if it goes the same as last year with more people, it’ll be great.”

She said the event is free but they will also have food trucks on location for participants to purchase food.

“Come have fun, bring the kids [and] enjoy it,” Erby said.

 

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