Last updated: November 02. 2013 4:21PM - 803 Views
Emily M. Hobbs Staff Writer

Emily M. Hobbs/Sampson IndependentThis pumpkin was voted Best of Show and was entered by Vickie Crane. This is the first year of the pumpkin contest.
Emily M. Hobbs/Sampson IndependentThis pumpkin was voted Best of Show and was entered by Vickie Crane. This is the first year of the pumpkin contest.
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This year’s Halloween on the Square event was everything from kooky and spooky to ghoulish and ghastly and was a big hit especially with the really young children.

Families and local businesses had the chance to enjoy haunting music, trick-or-treating, and costumes galore. Halloween on the Square kicked off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night and the kids enjoyed milling around between booths and climbing on the bouncy slide at the end of the square. WCLN 1170 played music out of the front of their building providing ambiance for evening.

“I am very excited about this,” said Brenda Potter, who was acting as the event photographer, taking pictures of everyone in their costumes under a cat-shaped blow-up arch. “We are all having a spooktacular time tonight.” Potter is the Bellamy Center Coordinator for the City of Clinton.

Most of the families had someone in costume and many of the adults dressed up too. The event allowed families to relax in a safe environment on Halloween and do some trick-or-treating without the worry of driving. The Clinton City Police and Fire Departments both had staff on hand to ensure a safe and enjoyable evening.

The costume contest started when they opened up at 5:30 p.m. with the winners announced at 7:30 p.m. by Mary Rose with the Clinton-Sampson County Planning Department. Winners received $25 with the Best Overall winning $50.

The ‘Most Creative winner was Jesiree dressed up in a Sweet Frog Costume. Michael Feuncy, who was dressed as a skeleton, won the award for the Scariest Costume. His costume was black with white skeleton bones. Christopher Turner won the award of being the ‘Cutest’ dressed as a brown puppy with floppy ears and the costume bespoke the entertaining nature of the event. The ‘Best Overall’ went to Braylon Tynall who at 2 years old was an adorable orphan. All of the contestants looked like they put a large amount of work into their costumes and seemed to enojy the festivities of the evening. Costumes ranged from store bought to homemade, giving the affair a creative feel.

After the costume contest winners were announced, the winners of the pumpkin carving contest were next. This was the first year doing the pumpkin carving contest during Halloween on the Square, and it was a spectacular success that took center stage. A total of 16 entries were received.

“I was pleased with the turnout for the carving contest and we hope there will be more entries next year,” said Kara Donatelli, Executive Director of the Sampson Arts Council. She organized the pumpkin carving contest.

“Everyone who entered put their all into their pumpkins,” she said.

Pumpkins ranged in size, shape and color, allowing the entrants a wide berth to be creative. The pumpkins were judged on Best of Show, Most Creative, Scariest, and Funniest. There were also four honorable mentions.

Also the treat basket reward for the Ghost Hunt was selected from the entries and the winner was Elisabeth Jackson.

Local businesses and community organizations came out to give the families a night of Halloween festivities. US Cellular had a booth set-up as well as having their cell phone mascot out in the square. Other mascots for businesses were out there including Piggly Wiggly and Sweet Frog. The Sampson County 4H had a spot setup with mummies in the background and two students passed out candy to passersby. Next to them was GoToyota, where representatives from the Clinton store also passed out candy from their graveyard scene. Headstones weren’t enough to keep the kids away from the candy, or anyone else, for that matter.

Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122 or via email at ebrown@civitasmedia.com

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