PARIS TN: Chili fit for a king

From left, Gale Tidwell of Buchanan is honored to receive chili from the king of rock and roll (Marc Peterson, co-owner of the Kentucky Lake KOA campground). Peterson filled a plate with 10 samples of different varieties of chili for Tidwell and others to conduct a taste test and pick a winner. The chili cook-off was a big part of KOA’s Kooky Spooky Halloween event Saturday afternoon along with a costume contest, trailer trick or treating bundle and a bundle of different games and activities. About 100 people came to enjoy the Halloween festivities at the Buchanan resort. Other Halloween festivities have been scheduled in the county as the holiday draws near.

The year 2020 has been the spookiest in recent memory and it’s only getting spookier as Halloween festivities get underway in Henry County.

The Kentucky Lake KOA campground had tons of costumes, paranormal fun, trailer trick or treating and a chili cookoff during its second annual Kooky Spooky Halloween party Saturday. About 100 people came together at the campground in Buchanan to partake in plenty of different games and contests.

Children and adults got to show off their best costumes while enjoying monstrous mini golf, bloodcurdling barrel cart rides, sack racing, hula hoop dancing, pumpkin painting and trick or treating at the many decorated RVs and trailers around the park.

Don’t fear if you missed out on the kooky spooky fun, there’s plenty of opportunities to scare and be scared during the rest of the month.

The Henry Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a Blazing Demons Haunted House and Hay Ride from 7-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as Oct. 30 and the day of Halloween.

The festivities take place at the VFD’s main station at 55 Park Drive in Henry.

Kids under the age of 4 get free access to the haunting, those ages 4-10 pay $5 and anyone over 10 years old pay $10.

Anyone with questions can call the VFD at 731-207-0991.

Members of the Paris Moose Lodge 1915, 3003 Dinkins Lane, will be dressed up and giving out bags of candy during its drive thru Trick or Treat from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The lodge can be reached at 642-2992.

Maplewood Baptist Church will have a drive thru Treasure Hunt from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 28.

The hunt starts at the church, 8700 Hwy. 218 Bypass, where participants will receive clues that will take them all over the city in search of treasure.

For more information about the treasure hunt, call the church at 642-2022.

The Paris-Henry County Jaycees will host a Trunk or Treat from 1-4 p.m. on Halloween at its headquarters, 880 Industrial Road.

If you know of any other Halloween events going on or are hosting one and would like to get the word out, notify The Post-Intelligencer at 642-1162 or

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