Halloween events planned in Wyandotte County

Several Halloween events are being planned for children in Wyandotte County.

Before you go, here are some safe Halloween tips, from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Get tested for COVID-19 before mixing with people outside of your immediate family; respect social distancing guidelines; and wear masks to keep young trick-or-treaters safe.

Residents are advised to avoid crowded indoor parties, and to trick-or-treat outdoors in small groups, according to KDHE. Those who feel sick should not participate in activities or attend celebrations. If you are unable to socially distance indoors and outdoors, wear a mask, KDHE recommends.

The indoor recreation center Halloween parties are not being held this year. Here are some Wyandotte County events – outdoor activities – we have heard about:

Wednesday, Oct. 27

South Branch Library


From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, South Branch Library parking lot, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Trunk or treat. Wear a mask. There will be social distancing. Kids are invited to wear costumes. Candy, crafts, games and a photo backdrop are planned. For more library programs, see www.kckpl.org/.

Friday, Oct. 29

KCKPD

The Community Policing Unit of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department is sponsoring a drive-through Trunk or Treat from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at 6601 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas. Masks will be required, and there will be social distancing.

Turner Recreation Commission

The Turner Recreation Commission will sponsor the Spooktacular from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Swartz Field, 5142 Swartz Road, Kansas City, Kansas. Children may wear costumes, walk around the track and trick-or-treat at each station. There will be hot dogs. Masks are recommended. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/TurnerRecreationCommission.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Casa – Worship House Christian Church


Casa – Worship House Christian Church, 5217 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a trunk and treat outdoors from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. There will be giveaway goodies, toothbrushes, gently used clothes, hot dogs while supplies last. Also there will be COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 testing, with Heart to Heart assisting. Vaccines should be scheduled in advance. See details at www.facebook.com/casadealabanzaKCKS.

Bonner Springs Library


The 9th annual Boo Bash will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Bonner Springs Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs, Kansas. Almost all the activities, except the haunted house, will be outdoors. There will be stories on the back lawn, games, music, a craft to take home and a treat. Kids can wear costumes. For more information, see https://bonnerlibrary.org/.

KCKCC – TEC Center


Kansas City Kansas Community College is inviting the families of all staff, faculty and students as well as community members to KCKCC’s Kids Spooktacular Movie Night. There will be activities from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the parking lot of the Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, 6565 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas. Activities include carnival rides, inflatables, tractor train, a bounce house and food trucks. The movie, “Trolls World Tour,” will start at 7:30 p.m. There will be three 26-foot movie screens, so everyone can enjoy the entertainment. The sound for the movie will play through the car radio. The Kids Spooktacular Movie Night is free and open to the public.

Rosedale Development Association


The Haunted Halloween Trail will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Mount Marty Park, Seminary Street and S. Hill Street, Kansas City, Kansas, It will be a family-friendly event. Walk the Rozarks Trail, costumes are encouraged and all ages are welcome. Participants should walk in groups.

The Legends Lawn

Halloween on the Lawn will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at The Legends Lawn, at the Legends Outlets at I-435 and I-70 in Kansas City, Kansas. Costumes are encouraged in this family-friendly event. There will be a movie screening of “Hocus Pocus,” along with face painting and a magic show.

Sunday, Oct. 31

Alcott Arts Center


Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas, is holding a trunk or treat from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. The event is outdoors only. The theme is “Scooby Doo.” Children are invited to wear a mask, socially distance and wear a costume. Alcott is accepting donations of candy and treats. Also, volunteers are needed. For more information, visit www.alcottartscenter.org/.

KCKCC to hold kids Halloween party Oct. 30

Kansas City Kansas Community College is inviting the families of all staff, faculty and students as well as community members to KCKCC’s Kids Spooktacular Movie Night.

There will be activities from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the parking lot of the Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, 6565 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas. Activities include carnival rides, inflatables, tractor train, a bounce house and food trucks.

The movie, “Trolls World Tour,” will start at 7:30 p.m. There will be three 26-foot movie screens, so everyone can enjoy the entertainment. The sound for the movie will play through the car radio. The Kids Spooktacular Movie Night is free and open to the public.

In the past, KCKCC has held a family Halloween night on the main campus. However, due to COVID-19, the decision was made to move the event outside to keep attendees safe in a bigger space where everyone can spread out. There will have hand sanitizer, wipes and masks available on site.

“The Kids Halloween Party has been a tradition at KCKCC for years,” said Andrica Wilcoxen, director of student activities at KCKCC. “Our community loves coming to the college to celebrate together as a family, and the college provides a safe, fun and exciting environment for our students, their families and our community. We miss seeing the smiles, hearing the laughter and watching the families enjoy each other, so we are very excited to get back to a new and better normal with our KCK/Dotte family.”

  • From Kelly Rogge, public information manager, KCKCC

UG Commission on Tuesday to consider halting delinquent tax sales until spring

by Mary Rupert

The Unified Government Commission, at a special meeting called for Tuesday, is scheduled to consider halting delinquent tax sales until the spring.

A special UG Commission meeting was called for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. According to the agenda, the Oct. 28 and Jan. 13 tax sales will be considered for postponement. They would be rescheduled for Thursday, April 28, under a proposal.

According to the proposed resolution, the UG has concerns regarding the potential displacement of persons who may lose their homes in the tax sales, and the proposed resolution would give them more time to find a resolution to paying the taxes.

Several UG commissioners have been working on the homeless situation and possible solutions.

The UG Administration and Human Services Committee on Monday night heard about plans to address homelessness and to help the needy in the community, including a plan to apply $293,000 in unused Emergency Services Grant funding for a temporary shelter for cold weather emergencies, open when the temperature dips below 28 degrees.

“I’m so grateful for the forward progressive thought, instead of scrambling for a shelter, we’re planning for a shelter,” Commissioner Melissa Bynum said at the Oct. 25 meeting.

The UG Administration and Human Services Committee also heard about a $3.2 million federal Housing and Urban Development grant to the UG for housing services and shelter for those experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations. The grant is through federal American Rescue Plan funding.

Also, the Administration and Human Services Committee on Monday night gave preliminary approval to an additional $44,285 to Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corp. to be used for the Willa Gill Center, which provides food and services to the needy. The center has experienced increasing costs recently. The funding will go toward additional funds for personnel and facility equipment.

Furious’ about tax sale

The upcoming tax sale this week has been the topic of considerable controversy in the community.

“I am furious,” State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., said last week about the upcoming tax sale.

“No other county in the state of Kansas has had a delinquent tax sale online,” Sen. Haley said. The tax sale had been scheduled online only, not on the courthouse steps, and not at Memorial Hall as in previous years, because of COVID.

Last week, he said the UG was stealing property from marginalized people to give to developers through the Land Bank. He said he doesn’t mind developers working on their projects, what he minds is a theft from marginalized families that worked hard to obtain that land and should have something for the later generations of their family. The families do not receive any money for the property they lose, he added, not even 25 percent of its value.

He believes the delinquent tax policies are discriminatory toward the poor and communities of color, as they have affected these groups more than other groups.

“We’ve identified 11 people living in the houses so far that will be put out of their homes,” Sen. Haley said last week. “It’s absolutely immoral.”

People may owe anywhere from hundreds of dollars up to $30,000 in delinquent taxes, he said.

Although the amounts they owe are often too large for other people to help them with, nevertheless an effort has been made in the past months to raise funds for people in danger of losing their homes at the tax sale, Sen. Haley said last week.

WyCo Mutual Aid and Groundwork Northeast Revitalization group have been “crowdfunding” for residents who are at risk of losing their homes in the tax sale, Sen. Haley said. For more information on how to contribute, see https://www.facebook.com/wycomutualaid.

Sen. Haley said the question has been posed to the Kansas attorney general and the Missouri attorney general as to whether this tax sale could be held online only or not. Kansas said yes and Missouri said no, he added.

The Kansas attorney general’s Oct. 4 opinion stated that foreclosure sales have to be public auctions under state law. However, according to the opinion, the “requirement for public auction is satisfied by use of an online auction site with members of the public being allowed an in-person place in the county to observe or bid. Kansas law does not specifically require a public auction be held solely in person.” (See the AG opinion at https://ag.ks.gov/docs/default-source/ag-opinions/2021/2021-003.pdf?sfvrsn=71e4a51a_6)

Sen. Haley argues that some of the people who are affected by the tax sale are not computer-savvy, even though the UG offers them the chance to use a computer at a public location.

Sen. Haley also said he is considering introducing legislation about requiring tax sales to be in person at the next legislative session.

“There’s a movement online to try to raise enough to pay off the tax bills of these 11 people who are losing their family home,” Sen. Haley said. He added he donated $500 to the effort.