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Who is the spookiest of them all?
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Viola’s Halloween in the Park costume contest winners are, from left, first place scarecrow Kadenze Herrin, second place Rubik’s Cube Ty Childers, and third place Minnie Mouse Vanessa Basham. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Viola celebrated the scariest part of the year on Saturday with its annual Halloween in the Park.


The event is offered by the community of Viola.


Mayor William Ramsey attempted to blend in with the scenery. His outfit mimicked that of an inflatable white ghost, an outdoor decoration that he stood beside unmoving until a passerby prompted him into action.


“I might stand here all night,” said Ramsey. “Don’t know yet. I don’t know if I’m scaring anybody, but I’m trying.”


Among other residents joining the fun were Carolyn Garretson and Kevin Deason. She was a fun-loving clown, while he dressed as a member of the undead.


Approximately 60 children attended. Stations offered cookies, candy, hotdogs, and drinks trick-or-treaters.


“This is his first Halloween celebration,” said Steven Alspaw of his son, Orion, who dressed as a skeleton. “He’s 6 months old.”


Children were also provided hayrides and there was a costume contest. First-place winner of $15 was Kadenze Herrin, 9, as a scarecrow. Second place and $10 went to Ty Childers, 10, as a Rubik’s Cube, and the third-place finisher and winner of $5 was Vanessa Basham, 3, as Minnie Mouse.


Christmas in Viola, also a community effort, is offered in December.