Archive for Thursday, November 2, 2006

Boo Fest brings trick or treaters

November 2, 2006

Baldwin City youngsters got a warm up to Halloween this year as nearly 100 children attended the Boo Fest Saturday afternoon.

Boo Fest, formerly called Spooks on Parade, allowed children to trick-or-treat at local businesses. The group of children and parents traveled through downtown Baldwin City and along U.S. Highway 56.

"We had a huge turnout," said Sheri Caldwell, event organizer. "The weather was nice and the kids all had big bags of candy."

Sharon Vesecky of Quilter's Paradise enjoyed watching the children come into her store.

"It was fun," Vesecky said. "It's always fun to see the kids in their costumes. It was a good event."

Caldwell also enjoyed the variety of costumes she saw Saturday.

"There were some great costumes," Caldwell said. "There were lots of Draculas and witches. There were even a few girls dressed in '50s style clothes, along with their mom."

Most of the children rode the Maple Leaf Festival trams around town during the event. Unfortunately, there weren't enough trams for everybody, so several parents had to drive their children to the businesses.

"We didn't have enough tram space," Caldwell said. "We will do it again next year, hopefully with more transportation."

Despite the lack of trams, the event ran smoothly. It began at 1 p.m. from the American Legion Hall and visited 45 merchants.

"We had great community support from all of the businesses," Caldwell said. "I want to thank all of those merchants that helped with the event."

Before the trick-or-treating began, representatives from the Baldwin City Police Department and the Baldwin City Fire Department gave the children some safety instructions. Those included precautions on Halloween night and waiting to eat the treats until after their parents have checked them over.

Boo Fest was sponsored by the Baldwin City Recreation Commission and Reece Nichols Premier, Baldwin.

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