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Nightmare on Maple Street back again

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Bandera on Thursday, Oct. 31, will go from Cowboy Capital to Creepyville as a free evening of fun fright, tricks and treats and spooky costumes will return to Bandera City Park in an event called Nightmare on Maple Street.

It was put together by the Bandera Marshal’s office for the first time last year as a fun and safe Halloween event for kids of all ages that also strives to build relationships between law enforcement agencies in the community and those they serve.

Officials hope that with closer relationships between those groups, the community will be safer.

The first Nightmare on Maple Street last year drew more last 800 visitors in on-and-off-again rainy weather, said Deputy City Marshal Willie Smith, who is organizing the event again.

He expects more visitors to attend this year as word of the fun fall fest spreads.

“The event begins at 5:30 p.m., and no more trunks are allowed in past 6 p.m. All volunteers are asked to be there around 5 p.m.,” Deputy Smith said. “We have a haunted hayride, a small pumpkin patch for photo opportunities, bounce houses, a DJ, trunk or treats and much more including multiple churches that are involved.

“The event will end officially at 10 p.m. or until no more treats are left. We are looking for volunteers to assist with logistics of the event. They should contact my email (at BanderaDeputy3@cityofbandera.org) or contact the Marshal’s office at 1-830-796-3765 for details.”

Last year’s event included a parade of clever costumes worn by children and adults alike.

Zombie nuns, Oz munchkins, Superman, the entire Flintstones family, a bouncing teen dinosaur, a taco, skeletons and clowns all made appearances at the event last year along with a Bandera City Council member dressed in a kitty costume.

Smith said in addition to the rides and other activities, representatives of first responder organizations are expected to be present handing out candy and displaying emergency vehicles to the crowd.

“We’ve got a pretty good formula,” he said.

The celebration will be held outside the Teen Center of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bandera County at 715 Maple St. and in city park, which runs between Maple Street and the Medina River south of the Highway 173 bridge in Bandera.