Hannibalians of all ages – especially the youngest – gathered along Broadway and North Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 27, for an evening of fun at the Haunted Hannibal Festival sponsored by the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council.
Saturday's festival began with Living Dead Windows enacted by zombies and other spooky characters along North Main, followed by two parades.
The HOWLoween Costume Pet Parade was co-sponsored by the HHMC, Northeast Missouri Humane Society and 2 Besties Biscuits. It ended with a costume contest.
In the pet parade, Ivy Hayden's Great Dane, Moose, was dressed as a camel. Jarren Landis' poodle, Shady, was a spider. Amber Turner was covered in leaves along with her shitzu, FuFu.
Next came the spooky Hannibal Jaycees parade, featuring characters from the Jaycees' Warehouse of Horrors.
Along the street, costumed zombies entertained the crowd, such as Jordan Schmelble as Cinderella and Kessey Lithtle as Sleeping Beauty.
Some families were all in costume, including a Spiderman group, Keith Maiden, his wife, Amy Smith, and their daughter, Isabella Maiden.
After the 38 dogs were judged, winners of the pet parade contest were announced by Angela Brown of 4 Besties Biscuits. They were: most creative costume – Scott Brown with his skeleton dog; cutest costume – Sena Carrie with dogs as unicorns; scariest costume – Kirsten Allen with her headless horseman dog; funniest costume – Lindsey Meston with her Big Bird dog; and laziest costume – Darrian Adair with her Ty Beanie Baby dog.
The Haunted Hannibal Festival will continue on Halloween, Oct. 31, with downtown merchants offering trick or treat. Paul Lewellen of the HHMC said the merchants will be joined by many others for nearly 50 opportunities for youngsters to have a fun evening. Additional entertainment is planned, such as bounce houses.
Also on Halloween, the Hannibal Police Department's annual party for children up to age 12 will be at a new location, the former White Star Laundry building at Center and North Fourth Street. The hours are 5:30-8:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in four age categories. This new location — prompted by the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center being recently flooded — will offer convenience to parents whose children attend both this party and the North Main Street events.
For more scenes of the Oct. 27 Haunted Hannibal Festival, see photo galleries on Hannibal.net.