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A Spooktacular Halloween

Spooktacular Sunday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. At Veterans Park, 700 Fellows Road Features include: - Haunted hay ride - Children's games form 6 to 8 p.m. - Costume contest, 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the village's Community Connection program.
October 27, 2010 | 10:57 AM
Genoa City — Village Clerk Mary Buchert said Monday she is expecting about 500 people to attend the fourth annual Spooktacular Sunday, Oct. 31, at Veterans Park.

The Halloween event originated with Buchert, who said she suggested it when she became village clerk in 2005. Buchert said she and Village Treasurer Claudia Jurewicz refined the idea and came up with the name "Spooktacular" shortly thereafter.

Since the first event in 2006, Spooktacular has taken a life of its own.

"It's an alternative," Buchert said. "People can do a little trick-or-treating and then they can come down the park, enjoy themselves, get together with friends, see people they haven't seen in a while and get a free hot dog. It's a chance for the village to give back to the community."

It's a chance for all village employees to play a role in making sure the event is a success. Buchert said other well-known local families, including the Baumans, the Klabundes and the Parkers, also help run Spooktacular.

One question is whether Mother Nature will help. Although Monday's temperature reached a high in the mid 70s, by the weekend the high was predicted to be in the 50s.

"It's Halloween," Buchert said. "It's supposed to be cold and dreary."

Spooktacular also offers a costume contest, children's games and the haunted hayride.

Buchert said there are no big changes in the event this year. Once again, people can make a donation of food or money toward the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. The games will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. The contest starts at 7:30 p.m.

What brings Buchert the most enjoyment during the event also hasn't changed.

"I'll always say the same thing — just seeing the joy on the kids' faces," she said. "They love it."

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