Dancing sharks, zombie brides, and scary clowns celebrated the spirit of Halloween at Hobart’s 4th Annual Pumpkins in the Park. Held on Saturday in Festival Park, the event brought together the Hobart community, rekindled friendships, and helped to make fun, spooky memories.
Local businesses, the Hobart Police Department, and school clubs stuffed the children's bags full of goodies and treats. Smiles were abundant as the children snacked on their favorite sweets. The schools of Hobart had a pumpkin carving contest, and the attendee's voted for their favorite hair-raising pumpkin by putting a puzzle in the participants bag. The lucky student who won got a free pool pass for the summer.
Lisa Fox is a part of the Robotics Team and wanted to spread awareness for the robotics program. This is her second year going to the festival, and she was pleasantly surprised.
"When we found out about them doing this event, we thought, we are definitely doing this! We want to come out and see the little ones dressed up and excited for the candy, and each year it’s been getting bigger!"
A Halloween celebration is not complete without a few wicked witches! Nikki Lopez, Event Director for the City of Hobart, has organized this event for the past few years. Lopez and her coworkers dressed up as the witches from the popular 90's movie, "Hocus Pocus". The staff loves having fun with costumes and taking pictures with eager children.
"This is an event where we like to have all the local business vendors come out to market themselves. They get to pass out candy to the kids as well," said Lopez. This particular event is special because it is the only fall event of the year. "We really put our all into it, it’s just fun and we like doing it for the community."
The kids were delighted to take the stage and show off their dance moves. Spooky DJ Donnie kept the kids dancing with music and games. There was a costume contest for toddlers, children, and teens to participate in. The children had many fun and spooky activities to choose from including knockers ball, Fall crafts, a pumpkin patch, photo booths, and train rides.
Mayor Brian K. Snedecor and the councilmen gave back to the community as a city government by handing out candy. "It's a time to get together with all the young people and children of our community. I love to see their big, smiling faces get candy, and everyone looks forward to this every year." Mayor Snedecor said. "It gives the businesses the opportunity to give back to our families."
"We deal with the kids on a daily basis, so we're out here creating stronger relationships," said Officer White, School Resource Corporal Officer. "It brings everyone together from the four counters of the city to build positive relationships, and it's always good to see some of the kids out here enjoying themselves with their friends and families."
To learn more about the City of Hobart’s events, please visit their website at www.cityofhobart.org.