Annual Spookfest will take place in Linton park Thursday
The annual Spookfest will be in Linton's Humphreys Park Thursday.
Ghouls, super heroes and princesses will fill the park to register for the event at 5:30 p.m. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the Girl Scout Cabin in the park.
"We should be done around 7, so there is still some time to go out and trick-or-treat," organizer Fred Markle said.
The parade will be lead by the Linton-Stockton High School Band, and members dress up in their best costumes for the event.
Markle said there are usually more than 100 participants who turn out for the event, so organizers are currently looking for donations to keep the annual program a success.
Donations can include candy or monetary donations, which can be dropped off Linton City Hall or Markle's Music. Both are located on Main Street.
Markle said any monetary donations will be used to purchase candy or prizes for winners in various categories of the Halloween parade.
"We usually have at least 150 younguns. We give a prize for the best group and an individual prize. We also give one for the youngest," Markle said.
He added if local restaurants or businesses would like to include coupons or business information, they can be dropped off at the same locations to promote the business.
"We want to support all the local businesses. Everybody has been so good to us over the years," Markle noted.
Markle said he and Linton Mayor John Wilkes will start filling bags Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, so donations should be delivered as soon as possible.
Markle said the annual event looks to be as fun as previous years, and as usual, he has no idea what costume idea co-emcee Mike Roth has planned for him.
"Mike never tells me what I'm going to wear until I go out there. He has dressed me up as a woman the last four or five years. Which last year were the Yip Yips. It's kind of a fun thing for me and him. I never know what I'm going to be. I have been Olive Oil, been a box of Tide and Little Red Riding Hood," Markle said with a laugh.
He noted the event keeps going strong because organizers enjoy seeing the local youth have a good time.
"We just have a lot of fun and it's great to see the kids out there," Markle added.
He added the Spookfest may be changing location next year in order to focus on the downtown area.
The Rediscover Downtown Linton group will be taking point on organizing the event in order to promote downtown.
Markle said in the 50 years of the event, it started out on Main Street, was later moved to Vincennes Street and before coming ended at City Hall.
"We want to try to get stuff more downtown for a while," Markle said.