For many people, Halloween activities start well before Oct. 31.
This year, kids will have a unique opportunity to kick-start the Scary Season with an outdoor screening of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" this Saturday night at Cantrell's Country Pumpkin Patch.
"We are doing something nobody has ever done in the area before," said owner Sherry Cantrell, who has operated the local pumpkin patch publicly for three years.
The fun continues after the movie, when a hayride will carry kids to the pumpkin patch to search for their own Great Pumpkin. While inside, they can take a ride on the Super Slide with burlap bags, visit the petting zoo or even take an evening horseback ride.
There will also be a life-sized Scarecrow activity, which gives youngsters a chance to stuff their own scarecrows to take home.
The entertainment continues at 9 p.m. with a screening of "The Haunted Mansion."
"If the kids want, they can come dressed in costume," Cantrell said. "For the people coming out – they want to bring their flashlights and blankets and lawn chairs to watch the movie."
Cantrell's Pumpkin Patch is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Oct. 28. It is located at 12930 Country Road 448 in St. James.
For more information, call 573-699-4636.