Cooler weather and Halloween events are on the way to South Mississippi.
The events start this weekend and by Oct. 31, families will have decided on costumes. They’ll have strolled the pumpkin patch and tried pumpkin-flavored coffee and donuts, stocked up on candy, navigated corn mazes and been scared silly inside haunted houses.
Halloween is big business in South Mississippi and nationwide, with spending on costumes and candy expected to hit a record $9.1 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation. About 72 percent of Americans plan to celebrate Halloween, with those age 18-24 more likely to dress in costume and attend or host a party. The older generations are much more likely to hand out candy, the report says.
Costumes will take the biggest bite out of the Halloween budget at $3.4 billion. “Men ($96) plan to spend nearly $20 more, on average, than women ($77),” the report says. The most popular costumes for kids are action hero or superhero, while a witch is the top choice for adults. Ten percent of consumers said they’ll be dressing their pet as a pumpkin.
There’s even a map from the Candy Store that shows favorite candy by state. In Mississippi, trick-or-treaters get mostly Three Musketeers.
The 59th annual Halloween Carnival in Biloxi and a sneak peak at the Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour kick off the Halloween fun in South Mississippi and the festivals and frights continue right up through Oct. 31.
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at Nativity BVM Elementary School, 1046 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Silent auction, haunted house, entertainment, costume contest, food and drink booths, photo booth, games and activities.
Free event at Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. The Local History and Genealogy Department shares surprising research and messages from the past as a prelude to the Old Biloxi Cemetery Tours. A few of this year’s characters will tell their stories. The cemetery tours are from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 24. Details: 435-4613 or email@example.com
to benefit Hope Haven Children’s Advocacy Center. Hosted by Bayside Fire Department at 6218 W. Hinds, Bay St. Louis. Donations.
A PG-rated Disney movie about three witch sisters will be shown at East Central Library at 1 p.m. and Ocean Springs Library, 525 Dewey Ave., at 2 p.m. Free admission
at de l’Epee Deaf Center, 1450 North St., Gulfport. Admission is $2 or $7 with a food ticket. Booth tickets are 25 cents each or 5 for $1. Details: 228-897-2280
YMCA Fall Festival
with activities for families at MS Gulf Coast YMCA, 1810 Government St., Ocean Springs. Free admission.
Hocus Pocus Girls Night Out
at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Join Chef Cheri Hiers for a menu of Binx’s Olive Tapenade on fresh bread, Sanderson Sisters’ Brat Sausage, circle of salt crushed potatoes, purple cauldron cabbage, Billy Butcherson’s eyeballs and zombie finger cookies. details: $45 for members; $55 nonmembers. Details: 228-818-2878
WAMA JAMA Block Party
at Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Family event with live music, a pig smoking with The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint, and a special performance by Bay Ratz Marching Battery. Also a bounce house, face painting, block printing and haunted lawn. Details: 228-872-3164.
at Harrison County Fairgrounds, 15321 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Haunted House Saturday-Tuesday. Halloween Movie in the Park Sunday-Tuesday. Haunted Trail Ride Monday-Tuesday. Trunk or Treat Halloween night.
6 p.m. each night
Trick or Treat on Coleman
Waveland’s annual Halloween Bash on Coleman Avenue with tricks, treats, face painting, games and other surprises. Residents and businesses set up on Coleman Avenue and hand out candy. Details: Waveland City Hall at 228-467-4134.
Cedar Rest Cemetery Tour
Free event presented by Hancock County Historical Society at the cemetery, 200 South Second St., Bay St. Louis. Refreshments following tour at Kate Lobrando House, 108 Cue St.