LANCASTER – In a press conference replete with scary clowns, corpses in coffins, cobwebs, witches and even Ghostbusters dancers, the City of Lancaster announced its plans Tuesday for the BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival, to a crowd of about 50.
“I can’t imagine anybody coming and not having a great time,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.
Parris said last year’s debut of the BooLVD Halloween festival was a raging success with thousands of attendees, and went on to win national awards. Most remarkable, he said, was the fact that there were no incidents reported.
“We had security for 10,000 people; 30,000 showed up,” he said. “Not one incident… not even an argument that they had to break up. That was truly remarkable, especially when you realize people had anonymity, they were all in masks.”
This year’s old-fashioned Halloween and Harvest Festival will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 29, along the BLVD between Beech and Gadsden Avenues. The event will feature family-friendly attractions with something for all ages, say organizers.
“We have actually reengineered it a little bit,” said Rhonda Perez, Senior Operations Manager of the Parks and Recreations Department. “We are going to be using the entire boulevard so its more foot-traffic friendly and stroller friendly.”
A.V. Dance Studio ’81 will offer a child-friendly haunted house, while down the street, near the Cedar Center and Western Hotel, a much creepier version will be offered; the Cedar haunted tour will feature not-so-scary attractions for the first few hours and then turn up the chills later in the night for teens and adults, according to a City press release.
At Tuesday’s press conference, youths from the Fashion Ate Rhythm dance company gave a special performance to the 80s’ hit Ghostbusters as a preview of entertainment to expect on the BooLVD. A tribute to Michael Jackson’s Thriller will be performed on the event’s main stage, located at the intersection of Ehrlich Avenue and The BLVD, at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Other entertainment for the evening will include magic shows by Godfrey the Magician and music by the “Fright Night Singers.” The event will also feature carnival games, a mini farmers’ market, a maze by the Central Christian Church, pumpkin decorating and more.
A BooLVD Costume Contest will be held for children, from infants to 12-years old, with awards for the cutest, scariest and most creative costumes. Traditional trick-or-treating will be offered by The BLVD merchants from 5 to 7 p.m.
The BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival takes place from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, October 29 along The BLVD between Beech and Gadsen Avenues. For more information, contact the Parks, Recreation and Arts Department at 661-723-6077.