Options Domestic and Sexual Violence Services will be hosting a Purple Light Night Carnival from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Massey Park, 17th and Allen.

Since 1983, Options has worked to empower victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is why the carnival is scheduled at this time, said Tim Tarkelly with Options.

The carnival will feature games, music, and the first 75 in attendance will receive complimentary chili and cinnamon rolls, he said.

Several public officials will be speaking, including Hays Mayor Shaun Musil and police officials from surrounding areas. 
Purple has been adopted as the color to create public awareness of domestic violence. According to purplenightlights.org, the idea of using carnivals to promote this awareness began in 2006 in Covington, Wash., and the carnivals are now held across the country. This is the second year a carnival has been held in Hays.

Individuals might purchase purple light bulbs for $2 to display at their homes and businesses to draw attention to the problem of domestic violence, Tarkelly said. These bulbs are available at Options’ office, 2716 Plaza Ave; Breathe Coffee House, 703 B Main St.; Fantasy Graphics, 219 E. Eighth St.; and at other Hays businesses.

Individuals attending the carnival will receive LED votive candles with purple light bulbs, Tarkelly said.

Options serves 18 counties in Northwest Kansas: Ellis, Russell, Trego, Cheyenne, Rawlins, Decatur, Norton, Phillips, Smith, Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, Graham, Rooks, Osborne, Wallace, Logan and Gove.

Women or men in need of Options’ services may call its hotline at (800) 794-4624.