On Monday, downtown Highlands was haunted by hoards of ghouls, ghosts and more at its annual Halloween festival.
The usually small and quiet town above the clouds came alive for its “All Hallows Eve” event, as several hundred visitors and locals flooded the streets for candy, music and fun, proving that Highlands knows how to throw down on Halloween.
While waves of trick-or-treaters cobbled together, trickling in from side streets and snaking their way along both sides of Main Street, downtown shopkeepers opened up their doors and gave out candy in the spirit of the age-old holiday.
From 6-8 p.m., the small shops were overwhelmed with costumed passerby.
“We just couldn’t buy enough candy for tonight,” said downtown jewelry merchant Ben Nelson, of Silver Eagle. Nelson said that after approximately one hour, the store was depleted of its treats. “We love doing this, it’s a great experience. It’s just too bad the candy ran out.”
Along with the traditional trick-or-treating, local churches gave out hot cider while some folks visited The Bascom for “Spooky Raku: A Halloween Pottery Firing.” The free event lit up the night sky with glowing red pots of various shapes and sizes.
But perhaps the liveliest part of the festival was the event’s central dance area in the middle of Main Street. As dance tracks like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and DJ Tiesto’s “Adagio for Strings” blared from the sound table, dozens of jovial costumed visitors of all ages came forth to dance for the mass of onlookers and trick-or-treaters.
The most popular dance crew of the night was none other than Franklin’s Omar and Miguel Arellano, who dressed as the “box head” character from hit club musicians LMFAO and danced to “Party Rock Anthem.”
“This was pretty fun,” said one of the brothers, after an encore was requested by many in attendance. “We pumped up the party.”
The yearly downtown party is something many Highlands youth look forward to.
“This is really a great thing we have every year,” said Billy Brennan, a student at Highlands School, who dressed as a chainsaw-wielding clown. “It’s nice for people to come out and do this every year. It’s nice, and I enjoy it. I can’t wait for next year.”