Manning celebrates Halloween, fall with events

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 10/26/18

MANNING - Businesses and garden clubs have been decorating downtown Manning for fall with beautiful mums, scarecrows, cornstalks, hay bales, bows and pumpkins in every shape and color imaginable just in time for Halloween.

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MANNING - Businesses and garden clubs have been decorating downtown Manning for fall with beautiful mums, scarecrows, cornstalks, hay bales, bows and pumpkins in every shape and color imaginable just in time for Halloween.

Several Halloween celebrations have been planned for the downtown area with some beginning this weekend. Both Manning and Summerton have set curfews for 8 p.m. Wednesday for trick-or-treaters to be off the streets.

KidsFEST will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at 17 and 21 N. Church St. in the Red Barn parking lot. Sponsored by Seacoast Manning Campus, KidsFest will be a free, family friendly event with games, food, trunk-or-treating and more. The purpose for the event is to "get the love of Jesus and the love of Seacoast Manning Campus out to the community."

Sen. Kevin L. Johnson will be hosting his annual Halloween Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. at the corner of Boyce and Boundary streets in Manning. Johnson, his family and supporters will be on hand for the ghoulish games, freaky fun and frightening food.

HopeHealth Pediatrics is hosting its annual Fall Pumpkin Party from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at 11 W. Hospital St. in Manning. Children are encouraged to drop by wearing their favorite costume to enjoy pumpkin decorating, loads of treats and much, much more. Beware, the staff may be wearing their favorite costumes, too.

As part of Treat-or-Treat on Main Street, Manning Mayor Julia Nelson and members of Manning City Council will be handing out goodies from 5 p.m. until the candy runs out in front of Manning Fire Department on East Boyce Street. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Local law enforcement agencies are also encouraging adults and children to use extreme caution when treat-or-treating.

"We want them to have fun, but we want them to be safe, too," said Capt. Sonia Daniels with Manning Police Department. "Parents should accompany all children under the age of 12. Parents should also inspect all the candy and goodies before their children eat anything. "

Daniels also encouraged adults and children to be careful when walking across lawns and through yards.

"Hopefully the homeowners have removed any obstructions, but adults and children should be watchful of where they're walking," she added. "And, also, don't trick-or-treat at homes where the lights are off."

Summerton Police Chief Ray Perdue echoed Daniels' comments.

"We want our children to have fun, too, and we also want them to stay safe," he added. "All children should be with an adult. They should stay in groups and not get off by themselves."

Perdue also encouraged children to trick-or-treat in their own neighborhoods where they know the homeowners.

"We urge children to stay away from cars or people they don't know," Perdue stressed. "Do not get into vehicles with anyone you don't know."

Perdue also asks that anyone seeing anything suspicious should call 911 immediately and not wait until the next day to notify law enforcement.

"If anything happens out of the ordinary, we should be notified immediately," he said. "Waiting until the next morning or day to contact the police doesn't give us the opportunity to stop it from happening to anyone else or to find the offenders. Call 911. I'd rather have my officers or myself respond to a call and find out it's nothing than get a call the next day that something happened that could have been prevented. Let's have a good time and stay safe."

"We suggest that all children and adults be careful when walking in the roadways," Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley said. "Children should wear reflective clothing and if not carry glow sticks or flashlights. Be sure and check the candy before consuming it."

"Only trick-or-treat at homes where the front porch lights are on or if you know them," he added.

"Do not let your small children trick-or-treat alone," Baxley said. "If your children are in a group, please don't let them ride in the back of a truck or on a trailer if they're on a major highway."

"And please report any suspicious behavior immediately," Baxley urged. "We will have extra deputies working throughout the different neighborhoods and roadways."

Unity Christian Church, 1631 Trinity Church Road in Alcolu, is hosting Truck or Treat from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. Enjoy an afternoon of wholesome, clean, family fun with great food, candy, games, a bonfire, hayrides and a lot more fun. Children and adults are invited to wear their colorful costumes. No scary costumes, please.

The Manning High School Air Force Junior ROTC and band are hosting the Manning High School Haunted Trail from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 in the high school's parking lot. The price is $3 for singles and $5 per couple.