Stillwater News Press

October 30, 2013

Stillwater residents haunt downtown

By Megan Sando
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The 23rd annual Halloween Festival saw no shortage of Harry Potters, Batgirls, princesses, superheroes, Ninja Turtles, witches and firefighters parading along Main Street in downtown Stillwater.

The Wizard of Oz theme featured a yellow brick road painted on the street.

“The kids are having a blast,” said Frank Maddox, father of Aidyn and Aubrey.

Games included miniature golf, ring toss, duck ponds and inflatables. Skateboarders enjoyed a small set-up with ramps and a half-pipe.

Vendors provided hot dogs, barbecue and ice cream.

Costume contests were judged for all ages.

Fifth-grade Perkins student Sofie Ardry dressed up as a dead prom queen.

“Because I am creative person,” she said.

Lacey Hester, 22,  and her sister Ashley dressed as Alice in Wonderland and the Cheshire Cat.

“I have liked the movie ever since I can remember,” Hester said.

The Festival also was about giving back.

Casey Billingsley of Harvest II collected cans of food for the community.

“We’ve had more this year in the last hour than all of last year’s,” Billingsley said.

All of the food stays locally, going to 10 agencies.

“There are more people coming out this year,” she said. “And there have been tons of creative costumes.”