Families enjoy spooktacular night of trick-or-treating

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Costumes, candy and celebration filled Osceola County during Halloween night as families toured the streets meeting and greeting friends while trick-or-treating.

Despite cold temperatures and wind during the evening, young and old bundled up to enjoy the holiday to the fullest.

The annual Monster Mash event in downtown Evart was a hit, with hundreds stopping by local businesses and booths featuring area organizations which were passing out candy and other trinkets.

"Even though the weather was frigid, the reception was warm," said Monster Mash organizer Al Weinberg. "I was pleased to see so many businesses and organizations join in the fun."

Fun games sponsored by SpringHill Camps allowed children to win small prizes and the fire department opened its department for warmth and more offerings.

In Hersey, members of the village and fire department offered children the chance to enjoy trunk or treating. Residents and visitors alike went from vehicle to vehicle to greet each other and enjoy a safe Halloween experience.

Resident Ellen Wayne sat in a chair next to a small heating unit while passing out small lollipops to trick-or-treaters.

"I've done this for the past few years," Wayne said. "I live where I don't get trick-or-treaters, so I participate in this because I like to see all of the costumes and all of the kids. It's fun."

Children in Reed City also could be seen going from door to door that evening in costumes depicting super heroes, fantasy characters, animals and ghoulish forms.

Officers of the Reed City Police Department helped make sure everything took place without a hitch on Halloween night and the evenings prior.

"It was a good Halloween," said police chief Chuck Davis. "We didn't have any problems and everything ran smoothly."