Spooktacular Evening Celebrates Halloween Spirit

Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI), Second Street Players and Fur-Baby Boutique held their first annual Spooktacular Evening on the Riverfront Friday, October 28.Local residents showed up to enjoy the pumpkin carving contest, face painting and Halloween treats on the lawn of the Riverfront Theatre.

Fur-Baby Boutique hosted a Pet Party and Costume Contest at the same location where 17 dogs were judged on their costumes. The categories included scariest,cutest, best group, most original, best trick, and best in show.

The 2011 HOWLoween Cosutme Contest Winners were as follows: Most Original Costume~ King Ralph, 15 year old Chihuahua & his human Bonnie Bonneville, Best Group Costumes~ Brady & Gisele, 3 yr old Boston Terriers & their human Heidi Fergusen, Cutest Costume & The Grand Prize,Best in Show~ Prince, 3 yr old Maltese & his human Kim Richardson, Scariest Costume~ Honey Rose, 2 1/2 yr old Peke/Pom & her human Lora Gooden and Best Trick~Jessie, 4month Chessie & his human Deb Cajola. Judges for the contest included Mayor Ronnie Rogers, professional groomer Janice Ervin, and Milford Live’s owner Bryan Shupe.

“We were excited to have such a large turnout at our first event,” commented Sherry Shaffer, owner of Fur-Baby Boutique. “There is a huge population of pet lovers in Milford.”

Local artist, musician and writer W.J. Walton presented a reading of Halloween stories inside the Riverfront theatre to a crowd of excited children and adults. His witty stories, which were acted out by local thespians, drew laughs from the crowd the entire evening.

Ed Okonowicz presented Halloween Horrors: Vampires & Witches storytelling for older children and adults. Spectators discovered how to identify which witches are good and which withes are bad, how monsters have been transformed from threatening to friendly and romantic, what happened during the Salem Witch Trials and how the accused were punished.

The Spooktacular Evening on the Riverfront was the first event of its kind as it combined local businesses and Downtown Milford Inc. to celebrate the spirit of Halloween. Fur-Baby Boutique, Second Street Players and DMI look forward to making next year even more of a success.

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