The highly-anticipated annual Halloween Safe Trick ‘R Treat is kicking off at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in downtown Stephenville.

The event will feature candy booths, a fun zone and costume contest.

“The costume contest has been outstanding in the years past and we expect it to be even bigger this year,” states the Chamber of Commerce event page.

The categories will be funniest, cutest, scariest, most creative and best homemade costume and the age groups will be zero-one, two-three, four-seven, eight-12 and 13-16.

The Stephenville Public Library will be handing out free books to kids, and have received more than 2,000 from their “Say Boo for Books” drive.

“Say Boo for Books is so much fun. It’s great to see the expression on the kid’s faces when they see the books,” said library director Mary Meredith. “Many skip the candy line and go straight for the books. We are still accepting donations of new or gently used children’s books as we are expecting over 2,000 kids and we want to make sure every child gets their own book.”

H-E-B alone donated 1,500 books to the library.

“We would be in trouble without the H-E-B books,” Meredith said.

The Fun Zone will once again be sponsored by Timber Ridge Church.

The area will have carnival games, bounce houses and other activities for children and families along with Halloween candy.

“We are excited to have several organizations and businesses partnering with us this year. Through their efforts, the TRC Fun Zone will be adding a face painting booth and Ghost Races (sack races),” said Timber Ridge Church’s Connections Pastor Jonathan Attaway. “This is a great way to spend some safe quality family time together.”

All the activities at the Fun Zone are free.

“I really enjoy that our organization gets to partner with the hard working staff of the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce to host such a great event," Attaway said. "I love to watch our community members come together to add value to our friends and families that live in Erath County.”

First Baptist Church of Stephenville, near the library, will hold its Trunk or Treat event at the same time of Safe Trick ‘R Treat and will be included in the path the Chamber of Commerce has set.

“We will have hot dogs and popcorn, games for the kids to play and a cute photo opportunity, and of course tons of candy,” said FBC’s Pastor of Children and Young Families Kevin Allen. “I love the opportunity to be able to let our church be a part of the community, let the community know that we love them and there’s a God that loves them.”