Batman and Wonder Woman were among all the little ghouls, goblins and trick-or-treaters who strolled through school and church parking lots in advance of Halloween, which is being observed this afternoon and evening across DeSoto County.
For a pair of costumed caped crusaders, it was a chance to show that superheroes also like to have a little fun during Halloween.
"I loved it — I had little kids coming up to me and asking me for my autograph," said Debbie King, assistant director of the Southaven Chamber of Commerce, who dressed as " LEGO Wonder Woman" for the "Trunk or Treat" event at Trinity Baptist Church in Southaven.
Her husband Tim was decked out in the costume of "LEGO Batman."
From 5 until 8 p.m. at Snowden Grove Park tonight, thousands of trick-or-treaters are expected to converge at Snowden for the annual "Trunk Or Treat In The Park."
"It's a safe alternative to trick-or-treating," added King. "That's the purpose of the event, which is a joint effort with the city's Parks and Recreation Department. We want to make sure that we keep our kids safe. We are so fortunate that we are being able to utilize Snowden Grove Park as a place to do that in our community."
Olivia Craig, the City of Southaven's new Director of Marketing for the Parks and Recreation Department, said the fun-filled night of activities is designed to keep children off the streets and give them a safe place to enjoy several hours of fun.
"We're really excited about our Trunk-or-Treat event," Craig said. "It's important to have a plan to make sure that Halloween is safe. We have a lot of people coming out for this event. We'll have face painting and several more activities so that kids will be able to hang out for a couple of hours and have fun."
Southaven Police Capt. Mark Little urged caution on the part of motorists when they are driving along city streets tonight.
"We urge trick-or-treaters to wear something reflective and carry a flashlight," Little said.
Little said alternatives to trick-or-treaters are gaining in popularity.
"A lot of the churches are having functions where it will be safe for kids," Little said. "We are having our annual Southaven Police Explorer Scouts Haunted House here at the police station and the Wives of Southaven Police Officers are having a 'Wizard of Oz' event where they will hand out candy to the smaller ones. It will not be as scary as the haunted house. We'll have a little something for all ages."
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at email@example.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.