Arcanum News: Trick-or-Treat


Trick-or-treating—going from house to house in search of candy and other goodies—has been a popular Halloween tradition in the United States and other countries for an estimated 100 years. Arcanum’s Trick or Treat will be on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Arcanum High School National Honor Society is once again sponsoring the Trick or Treat for Canned Food Event. Throughout the week of Oct. 19 – 25 our high school students will be collecting money in a competition between classes known as Penny Wars. This money will be used to purchase canned food items. At the home football game Friday night vs. MV, fans will be able to bring a canned food item or donate a dollar and receive a dollar off admission to the game!

On Sunday, Oct. 25 from 2-4 p.m., high school students will be around town collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items during the community Trick or Treat. This year their goal is 3500 non-perishable food items! If you would like to help but will not be home during the Trick or Treat event, please leave your items on your front porch or drop them off at the high school. Please consider helping this worthy cause!

Faith United Methodist Church is getting involved in Arcanum’s annual “Trick or Treat” on Oct. 25. They invite “trick or treaters” to stop by their parsonage lawn on the corner of Maple and Greenmoor that day. You will be able to bump into some of our members costumed as a character from the Bible and receive a treat. Members of our congregation and community of Arcanum encourage children and adults to enjoy a safe and fun day of “Trick or Treat”.

Did you know? Although it is unknown precisely where and when the phrase “trick or treat” was coined, the custom had been firmly established in American popular culture by 1951, when trick-or-treating was depicted in the Peanuts comic strip. In 1952, Disney produced a cartoon called “Trick or Treat” featuring Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.

This Thursday is the annual Bean Supper and Halloween Parade in Arcanum. Ham, beans and cornbread will be served starting at 4 p.m. followed by the Halloween Parade at 6 p.m. with costume judging following the parade at Veteran’s Park.

The Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee will meet again on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the school library if you are interested in volunteering. Please contact Tom Fourman at 692-5290 or Linda (Yount) Newbauer at 996-8264 if you have questions.

The Arcanum-Butler Local Schools and Athletic Department would like to express their sincere appreciation for the donation from our local VFW Post 4161for the purchase and installation of a new flag pole and flag at Good Samaritan North Fields.

The Arcanum-Butler Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is accepting nominations for the 2015-16 Hall of Fame class. For a nomination form please visit the school website at %20form%2015-16.pdf . Nominations are due today.

Save the Date! Election Day will soon be here and you’ll want to attend the annual Election Day Supper will be held at Faith United Methodist Church, at 101 East South Street in Arcanum on Nov. 3 beginning at 5 p.m. until ??? Dine-in or carry-out will both be available on-site at the church. Suggested donations for the dine-in will be $10 for adults and children 11 years old and under $5.

Included on the dine-in menu will be country style green beans, noodles, slaw, red beets, carrots and celery and beverages. Carry-out suggested donation is $8 The menu for both dine-in and carry-out will be turkey, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles (homemade), dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans, slaw, desserts and dine-in only will include the beverages.

For more information call 692-8934 or 692-8936.

“Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, ‘Never take candy from strangers.’ And then they dressed me up and said, ‘Go beg for it.’ I didn’t know what to do! I’d knock on peoples’ doors and go, ‘Trick or treat. No thank you.’” ~Rita Rudner

By Vickie Rhodehamel

Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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