Spooky huge crowd turns out for downtown Warsaw Halloween event

By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw

WARSAW — It would be hard to imagine a bigger turnout for Spooktacular than the one held Friday night in downtown Warsaw.

Buoyed by unseasonable warm weather, Friday’s annual Halloween event attracted long lines of costumed children and parents who snaked across the intersection of Center and Buffalo streets in order to collect candy from dozens of businesses.

The event  began at 6 p.m. and merchants quickly found themselves scurrying to buy extra supplies of candy.

“This has got to be the biggest ever,” said Scott Wiley, Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce Member Relations Manager, while standing amid the crowd. “This is crazy.”

He said they were fortunate for the pleasant weather, which maxed out with with temperatures in the mid-70s.

That’s not often been the case in past years.

“Two years ago, it came down in buckets,” he said.

Friday’s event was organized by Main Street Warsaw in partnership with Kensington Digital Media, the city of Warsaw and Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club.

Food trucks provided an additional dimension and many businesses from outside of the downtown business district also participated, Wiley said.

Additional event sponsors included Family Express, Miller’s Senior Living Community and Dane and Mary Louise Miller Foundation.

An assortment of costumed creatures showed up for Friday Night’s event. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.
One event organizer speculated the turnout was bigger than ever. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.
Cory Benz, with Titus Funeral Home and Creation Services, hands out candy from the back of a hearse. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.

Additional News Now Warsaw photos below by Sonya Keener.