HANNIBAL — Downtown Hannibal will become a family-friendly haunted haven of activities, attractions and celebrations during the Haunted Hannibal Festival on Friday, Oct. 25, Saturday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Oct. 31.
Kim and Jody Bogue are co-chairing the festival tying events together like the Hannibal Jaycees Halloween parade, Main Street Trick or Treat, Haunted Windows and a Street Dance and Costume Party on Friday for adults. Their daughter, Kenna, marketing coordinator with the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council, grew up enjoying Main Street Trick or Treat events with her family when they lived in Steamboat Springs, Colo. and later in St. Charles. Kim Bogue expressed her excitement for a weekend and Halloween in Hannibal filled with activities for all ages. The Main Street Trick or Treat event is expected to attract 2,000 to 3,000 children as they stop by businesses, booths and trunks from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
“It's been a lot of fun for us,” Kim Bogue said. “It creates a safe, fun environment for the town to get together and everybody to see each other. That was the fun part of it when we were in Steamboat Springs — getting to see everybody all dressed up together. We dressed up as the Wizard of Oz family one year. It was really fun.”
Halloween evening also will feature the Hannibal Jaycees Trunk or Treat from 5 to 7 p.m., the DARE Trick or Treat from 5 to 8 p.m., the 39th Annual Hannibal Police Department Kids Halloween Party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and a Halloween- themed make and take project at the Hannibal Arts Council. Trolleys will take visitors throughout the festival to visit each event safely.
Friday will feature a night hike through Sodalis Nature Preserve from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and the Halloween Street Dance and Costume Contest for adults will take place from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Main St. Kenna Bogue said there will be yard games throughout the street and a DJ — “basically a huge block party.”
Children will have their own party during the festival with a petting zoo, pony rides, a scream contest and the Monster Mash dance area.
“That was a big hit last year,” Kim Bogue said.
During each night of the festival, Hannibal Ghost Tours will be held at 7 p.m. and the Jaycees Warehouse of Nightmares haunted house will be open for scary tours from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.
Saturday's events kick off with the family- friendly Boo Bash Trick or Treat Trail hosted by the Hannibal YMCA from 10 a.m. to noon, with treats from local businesses and organizations set up at Sodalis Nature Preserve. The third HOWLoween Pet Parade hosted by 2 Besties Biscuits and the Northeast Humane Society will bring the chance for pets and humans to dress up together beginning at 6 p.m. The Jaycees Halloween will also begin at 6 p.m. on Broadway and N. Main St. Local band the American Standard will take the stage for a party beginning at 9 p.m. at the Mark Twain Brewing Company.
Families will fill Main Street and side streets from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday for the Living Dead Windows displays. Each year, downtown businesses reflect a Halloween theme with unique decorations and actors behind storefront windows. Business members are excited for the event, and everyone is working together so attendees can participate in everything they wish.
“Our hope on the whole thing is that it should be kept a tradition,” Jody Bogue said, recalling last year's festival. “It was a really good time. We just want to make sure there are no disappointments, that it is at least as good as the year before.”
More information is available by visiting www.historichannibalmo.com/halloween.