By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer
A new bikers’ group has two ways to celebrate Halloween by helping youngsters and veterans.
The Oklahoma Guard Dogs Three Rivers Chapter will have a Halloween Candy Run from Road , Track & Trail Yamaha to the Muskogee Civic Center this afternoon. The group will operate a haunted house Sunday through Tuesday at the Disabled American Veterans, 4815 W. Okmulgee Ave.
“I’ve always loved Halloween,” said Les Shahan, Guard Dogs chapter president. “Our idea was to do something for the kids.”
Shahan said the candy run will be similar to a toy run that many biker clubs do at Christmas, but with a special treat for the participants.
“With a toy run, you don’t always see who gets the toys,” he said. “This way we can see the kids, actually see who the candy is going to.”
Bikers are asked to wear their Halloween costumes and bring bags of candy as they ride through Muskogee for the candy run.
“We’ll start staging at Road, Track & Trail around noon Saturday and at 1 p.m. we’ll ride through Muskogee to the west parking lot of the Civic Center,” Shahan said.
He said he expects the bikes to arrive at the civic center around 1:15 or 1:30 p.m. That’s when the costumed bikers will line up for a parking lot trick or treating session for the kids, he said.
“This will help out some of the kids, keep them out of some bad areas during trick or treat,” said Gary Lester, chapter vice president. “This is the first big deal we have as a chapter.”
Lester said the chapter has been in operation for barely a year and consists of current or former members of the Oklahoma National Guard.
After the candy run goodies are handed out, Guard Dog members will put finishing touches on the haunted house, Shahan said. “Then, we’ll be out there most of the day Sunday getting it ready. The doors open at 6 p.m., but we want it ready to go by 3 p.m.”
Shahan and his family built many of the sets in his garage, which he said is half-full of Halloween decor. Haunted house attractions will include a doorway full of skulls and bones and a rattling electric chair, he said.
“All the main displays we’re doing ourselves,” he said. “The whole intent is to make it enjoyable for the kids.”
Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogee
If you go
WHAT: Halloween Candy Run.
WHEN: Shortly after 1:15 p.m. today.
WHERE: Muskogee Civic Center, west parking lot, Fifth and Boston streets.
SPONSOR: Three Rivers Chapter of Oklahoma Guard Dogs.
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WHAT: Haunted House
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday.
WHERE: 4815 W. Okmulgee Ave.
COST: $2 per person.
BENEFITS: Three Rivers Chapter of Oklahoma Guard Dogs and the Disabled American Veterans Louis L. Anthis Chapter 7.