CASEY -- Coffin races are scheduled to kick off an evening of family friendly Halloween activities during Fright Fest on Saturday in downtown Casey.

The Far Off Broadway Players and the Casey Historical Society plan to hold the second annual Fright Fest from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday on West Main Street.

"We had a good turnout last year but we hope this year will be even better," said Far Off Broadway Players volunteer Ty Tuttle. "We are just trying to keep building and adding."

One of the new additions to this year's festivities will be the new Mr. Casey's Coffin Races. Tuttle said the races will resemble a soap box derby in that the carts cannot contain motors or pedals. The carts must be pushed or pulled by two to four "pallbearers" and contain one live "corpse." The carts must resemble a coffin, and all team members must be dressed according to their theme. Registration will open at 4 p.m.

Tuttle said a pumpkin decorating contest also has been added to Fright Fest. Festival-goers are invited to bring carved or decorated pumpkins for registration from 5 to 5:45 p.m. After the pumpkins are judged, they will be illuminated and displayed along a walking path at 6 p.m.

In addition, Tuttle said "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" will be shown indoors at 7 p.m. as part of a new Family Movie Night Event.

The Fright Fest schedule also consists of food vendors opening at 5 p.m., a scavenger hunt race at 6 p.m., and a Halloween Royalty Contest at 8 p.m. Activities throughout the evening will include apple bobbing, fortune telling, ghost stories, and a haunted house. Tuttle said Markwell Funeral Homes Inc. has donated the prizes for the evening's contests.

Fright Fest will be held near the World's Largest Mailbox and other giant objects downtown that are part of the Big Things in a Small Town program in Casey. More information about the festival is available on the Far Off Broadway Players page on Facebook.

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