CHESTERTOWN - Regardless of the weather, the ghosts and goblins were out in full force Saturday night in Chestertown as the Chester-Horicon Youth Commission held its annual Halloween Parade and Haunted House event.
As the rain fell, the parade was forced to move inside of the Chester Municipal Center where 113 costumed children lined the hallways ready to march across the stage in an auditorium packed with parents, relatives and townsfolk.
After the children marched across the stage to the audience's delight, they refueled with hot dogs, cupcakes and juice ready to start a night of treat retrievals and for most all of them, a visit to the Youth Commission's Haunted House.
New this year was a "non-scary" Haunted House session, followed by full two hours with the full fear factor.
The latter, featuring fearsome characters and creative staging, prompted of screams of terror from many wary visitors - about 185 turned out for both sessions.
Nicole Howe, the youth director director for the towns of Chester and Horicon, expressed appreciation to a group of local residents for their vital help in making the event a success, and to the organizers of the Loon Lake/Marv Cole Golf Tournament for their sponsorship of the Halloween festivities.
"There's John Howe and Renee Feldeisen, the king and queen of the grill as well as the creators of the haunted house; Darth Vader as the greeter of the haunted house; and also Mindy Conway, Tanya Colby and Max May, Jacob Dunkley, Garth Griffen, Taylor and Lane Feldeisen, Jared and Doug Howe - without all of them, this event wouldn't have been a success," she said.