The 2015 edition of Boo-Fest was a rousing success, according to Buckeye Country 105.5’s Herb Day.
“Everyone really seemed to enjoy it and have a great time,” said Day, after thousands of costumed revelers, young and old, dispersed from the Highland County Courthouse square in Hillsboro following two hours of tricks, treats and all-round fun..
Day said this year’s newest attraction, The Times-Gazette’s haunted house, was a big hit with attendees.
The newspaper partnered with Buckeye Country 105.5 and the Hillsboro Uptown Business Association to add the haunted house to the annual Boo-Fest event Thursday.
Times-Gazette employees Sharon Hughes, Tracie Guisinger, Chuck Miller, Lora Davis, Ann Runyon-Elam and Emberly Rickman and HUBA members Ann Morris and Amy Robinson, along with a number of volunteer friends and family members, converted The Times-Gazette hallways and Media Room into a spooky haunted mansion featuring ghosts, goblins, monsters and assorted fiends.
Throughout the evening, a steady stream of visitors wound their way through a maze of spooky scenes, scary monsters and frightening apparitions. YMCA and Walgreens representatives were also on hand at the haunted house to disperse candy and participate in the fun.
“We had a great time being part of this year’s Boo-Fest, and we look forward to making the haunted house an annual part of this great event,” said Gary Abernathy, publisher and editor of The Times-Gazette. “I really want to thank everyone on our staff, along with Ann and Amy and their group of volunteers for making this a big success.”
During each year’s Boo-Fest, uptown businesses offer a variety of treats to attendees, costumes are judged, prizes awarded, and youngsters have the opportunity to participate in trick-or-treating in a safe and secure environment.
After two days of rain, the weather cooperated and even the wind that provided a heavy breeze throughout Thursday mostly died down in time for the Boo-Fest activities that began at 5 p.m.