What’s better than getting candy for Halloween?

Getting candy and watching cars smash into each other.

That’s what the Halloween Crash Bash is offering.

Set for Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Crystal Beach Stadium, this car and truck demolition derby is sponsored by Crash Masters Racing in partnership with the Woodward Tourism and Convention Bureau and several local businesses.

“In a demolition derby for those not familiar with it, the object is for people to enter vehicles ... and then move forward, backward, and sideways, whatever it takes until there is only one man standing, or one woman,” said Jim Morris, a promoter for the event.

However, Morris said not just any vehicle can be entered in the contest.

“There are certain criteria for what can be done to modify the vehicle,” he said, noting “there’s no glass and you’re allowed to strengthen certain areas.”

For a full set of rules download the “Halloween_crash_bash_demo_derby” PDF file listed with event information on the Tourism Bureau website at www.visitwoodward.com.

There will actually be 2  demolition contests held during the Halloween Crash Bash, one for cars (sedans) only and another for trucks, vans and SUVs, Morris said.

However, the truck, van and SUV demo derby is limited to the first 10 entries and is therefore offering less prize money, he said.  But it also means that the entry fee is lower for the truck derby than it is for the car derby, he said.

By having separate divisions, Morris said drivers are welcome to enter both divisions if they choose.

Although this is the first year for the Halloween Crash Bash to be held, Morris said it will serve as a regional championship.

“We’re expecting people to come from a 5- or 6-state area,” he said, noting he believes entrants will be coming from as far away as Michigan and Ohio as well from the tri-state area of Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.

“Of course we hope to have plenty of local people as well,” he said, because the more participants, the more crashing fun.

“We want to give folks a wild and crazy show,” Morris said.

That goes beyond just watching cars crashing, he said.

The show will also feature “‘Porkchop’ who is the best motor sports clown in the business; he’ll have everybody rolling with laughter,” he said.

In addition, in celebration of the spooky holiday, Morris said “we will be having a Halloween costume contest for kids.”

“So get them in their costumes and get there by 7 p.m. because we’ll be passing out candy too as well as giving out prizes for our costume contest,” he said.

And don’t feel guilty about all the sweets, because you’ll be getting goodies for a good cause, Morris said.

When you buy tickets, he said, “part of the proceeds will go to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Elks.”

“That’s what is really good about it,” Morris said, “it’s a good show and it benefits the community.”

Advance tickets for the event are currently available in Woodward at Sam’s CDs, The Cowboy Tack Shop, and United grocery stores.

“You can also get them online at www.premiereok.com,” Morris said.

In addition to general admission tickets, there will also be VIP tickets available, which will allow to you to sit in a box seat and you will get a souvenir Halloween Crash Bash T-shirt, he said.

However, whether general admission or VIP tickets, he said all seats will be “first come, first served,” there are no assigned seats.

There is also still time to sign up to participate in the demo derby, Morris said, noting “we’d like to have everybody registered by 4 p.m. on the day of the show.

“But advanced registration is suggested so they’ll know that they will have a spot,” he said.

Morris said those wanting to enter or needing answers to technical questions about event rules need to call (432) 967-2408.

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