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Viola celebrates Halloween in the Park
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Winners of Viola’s 2019 Halloween in the Park are from left, Alexus Moore, who reached an untimely demise, Jackson and Spencer Price as Ghostbuster Peter Venkman and Slimer, and Aleena Turner as Pennywise from "It." - photo by Lisa Hobbs
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Sheriff Woody was also in attendance during Viola’s Halloween in the Park. Tucker Myers, 3, dressed as his favorite character from Toy Story and enjoyed the freebies the event provided. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Halloween in the Park attracted hundreds of people to Viola on Saturday night. 

“I think there’s more here this year than last year,” said Kevin Deason, one of many event organizers. “The park is packed and everyone is having a good time. That’s the way we like it.”

The family friendly event was held Oct. 19 and is sponsored by the residents of Viola to provide kid-friendly treats to visitors. 

More than 100 children lined up for the costume contest. Alexus Moore, 13, took first place. Fake wounds made her “dead girl” appearance realistic with gashes on her face and neck.

“My mom did my makeup,” said Moore. “It took a while.”

Second place went to Jackson Price, 5, and little sister, Spencer. The duo dressed as Venkman and Slimer from “Ghostbusters.”

Third place went to Pennywise from the movie “It.” 

“I’m Pennywise, the girl,” said Aleena Turner, who had the distinct red hair and face paint of the clown in the 2017 movie remake. 

Three age groups were offered: newborn to 5 years, 6-10 years and 11-18 years. Each winner received a cash prize. No adult categories were offered. 

Children were also treated with free candy, cookies, desserts, drinks, hot dogs, and hayrides. 

From Halloween with witches to Christmas with Santa Claus, the next big event for the fun-loving small town is its annual Christmas celebration with a visit from Santa.