Monday, November 2, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Ghostly Gratitude

The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association is sending out a Gigantic Thank You to Westerville for making Midnight Madness absolutely, memorably Spooktacular!

With the moon peeking out from behind the clouds and temperatures in the 70's, ghosts, goblins, creatures, princesses, and super heroes filled the sidewalks along State Street. The night air was filled with energy, fun, and laughter.

The Black Catwalk Costume Contest was a tremendous display of imaginative and inspired Halloween costumes from Edward Scissorhands to Pirates to Cowgirls to Dorothy, the Tinman, the Lion, the Scarecrow, and Witch from a magical place called Oz! What tremendous seasonal spirit!! Thanks to our judges, City Manager Dave Collinsworth, City Council Member Kathy Cocuzzi, and City Community Affairs Coordinator Christa Dickey -- they had a tough job.

The Uptown Merchants welcomed Madness visitors with sales, treats, music, special fun, and Mad features.

Kids made their own personal slime at Mad Science and met police officers and fire fighters from Westerville Police and Fire Divisions.

The rhythmic sound of hoof-beats on brick echoed in the air as friends and families enjoyed horse-drawn hay wagon rides on a warm, autumn eve.

The Westerville Public Library Reader mesmerized listeners with kid-perfect Halloween tales.

Madness guests could eat, drink, and be scary at Dairy Queen, The Dog Joint, Java Central, Serendipity, Jimmy Vs, Graeter's, Pasquale's, The Old Bag of Nails Pub, Pizza Primo, Heavenly Cup, and The Sertoma Brat Wagon.

Halloween music filled the air thanks to Tim Bullock of Edward Jones Investments. R U Bound entertained at Uptown Strings. And, Madness guests enjoyed the musical stylings of Dave McKay.

Kids and Grown-ups had a great time checking out their look in the carnival mirrors in Rotary Park.

The Pumpkin Drop was a smashing success and thanks to Woody Johnson of 92.3 WCOL-FM's Woody and the Wake Up Call for hosting!

The Midnight Madness Classic Chiller movie, Psycho, ended the evening with a bit of chill and thrill.

Now, 2009's Midnight Madness has become part of Uptown Westerville's legend and lore. Thanks much for a great 2009 Midnight Madness, Westerville! We hope you had big fun!

Photo courtesy of Tim Bullock.

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