by Lisa Tome
Chilly weather and a cutting wind didn't keep people from attending Rising Sun's first ever Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday in the downtown.
The event, which was paid for in its entirety with donations from local businesses and organizations, attracted lots of children and adults. Activities include horse and pony rides, hay rides, games, spooky music, pumpkin painting, a bounce castle and bounce police car, and trunk or treating.
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"This is really nice. They need more of these," said Ray Blakeley, Sr.
The Rising Sun Lions and Community Fire Company of Rising Sun sold food and drinks.
The Historical Preservation Commission doled out miniature American flags and candy. Maple Heights Apartments, the Mom's Club of Rising Sun, Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Center, Rising Sun Police, Cub Scout Pack 28, and local churches were among those who passed out treats.
A costume contest for children was held. Winners were Kaylynn Wood, Avery Bland, Wade Johnson, Braedyn Wood, Ella Johnson, Caleb Johnson, Aubrey Lovelace, Cadin Sawyers, Izabella Raughley, Timothy McGee, Jacob Hellman, and Taylor Mantyk. Ada Dominick won audience choice.
Commissioner Travis Marion organized the event with help from volunteers. He said the plans are to make it annual.