After a slow start, families lined up early on Saturday evening for the annual Halloween Walk at the Indian Creek Campground of Mark Twain Lake, presented by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mark Twain Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Whole families were dressed as cartoon and movie characters, and traditional Halloween attire for the event, which ran from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Inside the campground, people who owned travel trailers, fifth-wheelers and RVs spent hours preparing for the parade of children and families. Almost every campsite was decorated elaborately with detail that was designed to draw smiles and invite families to linger for photos.

Amanda Brew and Amiee Riddle of Huntsville were set up between travel trailers owned by their families passing out candy and posing for photos. It is the fourth year they have participated on the event.

“We really enjoyed doing this,” said Brew, who was dressed in full costume

Brew and Riddle said they had purchased 6,000 pieces of candy to distribute to children.

“We never have any left,” Riddle said.

Paris Elementary School kindergarten teacher Tracy Leigh Huffman and her children, Lucas and Amelia, were dressed as skeletons. Amelia was reluctant to talk about the event, but Lucas was animated.

“Candy!” he said when asked what he liked most about Halloween walk.

This was the first that Huffman attended the walk.

“A lot of my kiddos come to this and it is a big deal for them,” Huffman said.

The Reyes family of Monroe City delayed celebrating dad Tom’s 42nd birthday to attend the walk. Mom Elizabeth decided they should dress as a family. So, she chose costumes from “The Incredibles.”

Each member of the family, Mom, Dad, Mason, Zach, Zoe and Dani Horner matched. Zach and Zoe had bags full of candy and big smiles.

“Now it’s time to take Dad to dinner for his birthday,” Elizabeth said.

The Halloween Walk was a production for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, representing one of largest public outreach programs sponsored at Mark Twain Lake. In addition to park rangers and staff, the Corps was assisted by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri Highway Patrol and various fire and ambulance districts.