FARMINGTON — There will be plenty of opportunities for children or adults to trick or treat and find some scares in a local haunted house at Halloween celebrations on Thursday.
A new group of students at Navajo Preparatory School will be taking over the annual haunted house held on the school grounds in the old academic building.
Admissions, enrichment and development specialist Sandra Westbrook said the boys' football and girl's soccer teams were combining efforts to bring this year's "House of Horror" to life in order to raise money for their sports.
"It's in the same place but it'll be bigger and better," Westbrook said.
Last year's haunted house was organized by the senior class of 2013, whose members wanted to raise money for their graduation ceremony on the football field. Senior girl's soccer player Diedre Lee said the students began planning at the start of October, brainstorming ideas on how to best frighten guests.
"It's been a lot of fun, we've bonded more as a team and swapped ideas on what scares the most people," Lee said.
Rooms in the academic building will have themes like the film "Jeepers Creepers," where corn stalks and hay will adorn the room while a student will dress up as the film's villain, the "Creeper."
The girl's soccer team hopes to purchase equipment like new uniforms from the money raised and to pay for attendance at a soccer summer camp in 2014, Lee said.
The Safe Treats event held in downtown Farmington is being renamed and rebranded as Boo-palooza. The Downtown Association partnered with the city's Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs department to expand this year's event.
Farmington's downtown coordinator Elizabeth Isenberg said events previously held at city parks like Sycamore Park Community Center and others will be moved downtown in order to centralize them in one location.
Downtown merchants will be handing out candy from their businesses to trick or treaters, who will also have the option of participating in carnival games, a costume contest and pet parade, and a "Monster Mash" dance in Orchard Park.
"We just wanted to grow on what is going on downtown," Isenberg said. "We wanted to make it bigger and expand the event."
Isenberg said buses will be transporting people from Sycamore Park to downtown Farmington for the event.