MABTON - It hardly seems possible that it's been a year since Silver Dollar Inn Manager Linda Chester was frantically planning for "Holla at the Dolla," a Halloween event planned for teens at the local watering hole turned family restaurant.
With questions as to if the Silver Dollar could even hold the event coming the day before the party last year, things have changed around the Silver Dollar Inn.
"I have kids who come in here regularly after school, get a pizza and play pool," said Chester. The one-time tavern is now open for family dining and teens. It's also a safe place kids can go to on Halloween night, Sunday, Oct. 31. She added that she also wants to promote positive events in the community.
Last year, the event included dancing, food, freestyle battling and games, said Chester, who expects this year's party to include the same kinds of activities.
This year the Mabton Police Department is teaming with the Silver Dollar Inn to put on the free event. The police department obtained grant funding to sponsor the party, said Chester.
"We're doing this to give the kids somewhere to go on Halloween night and to keep them off the streets and from drinking parties," said Chester.
Geared toward older teens, those 15 through 20, Chester invites families to attend the event together.
"It'd be great if parents came down with their kids, got a pizza and then stayed for the event, really making it a family event," said Chester.
Local DJ J-Lee will be performing, DJing and acting as emcee for the rapping battle.
Chester said the teen party will begin at 8 p.m. and run until midnight at the Silver Dollar Inn, which is on B Street in Mabton.
"This is a really fun event," said Chester, who added that it is open to all teens in the Lower Valley. "Everyone who was here last year had such a good time."