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Ghouls haunt downtown


The ghouls are out and about the town this time of year. On the rainy fall day of Oct. 26, children, college students and many community members headed downtown in Whitewater to show off their costumes. The Ghouls Night Out event is put on by Discover Whitewater, as the favorite Halloween tradition, besides the annual trick or treating on Halloween.

The event included many small businesses, Sweet Spot Bakehouse and Café, Whitewater Cinemas, Fairfield Inn & Suites, BaristaCats Café, Revamp Nutrition and many more. Along with the small businesses, there were many larger corporations, such as Walmart and Culvers. Along with many businesses, there were the Whitewater police cars stationed outside of the local Walmart. The amount of cute costumes this year leveled that of the actual day of Halloween. 

There is a strong sense of community coming together when costumes come into play, little kids are running around, adults are chatting, college students are taking study breaks. The main costumes spotted this year include princesses, and many many Barbies. The weather may not be top notch, but the decorations are. There is a balloon display, set up by ReVamp Nutrition, scary spiders, spooky ghosts, and much more occupying the entirety of the downtown area. 

“We hope to meet new families, and since it went so well last year, we are encouraging people to come out for a free night out with the kids; we are very family friendly with the display and coloring pages,” said Jerrica Newby, owner and operator of Revamp Nutrition in Whitewater.

This was their second year of involvement with this event, as they are a newer small business. This event is very community oriented, and was a way to show the Whitewater members what their small businesses are all about. 

The other new addition to the town from the past years was the BaristaCats Café owner Natalie Ferns, who explained what she thinks of this event.

“I expected there to be a lot more participation this year as opposed to last year because we have the cats this year,” stated BaristaCats Café owner, Natalie Ferns.

It looked a lot different than the previous year because although the events and decorations were the same, individuals in the community were able to be exposed to the cats this year, although reservations were still needed.

“I was looking forward to seeing all the kids in their costumes, and all the fun happenings of the community,” said Ferns on the topic of what she as a owner of a business was excited for. 

This event spanned from 4 to 7 p.m. on the first night of Halloweekend, and was a cute and fun way to see all the community members coming together. The streets were packed, and the amount of advertising for this event helped to increase the amount of attendees. From the downtown strip to the side streets, they were packed with families of children in their costumes, the ages ranged from babies to grown adults.

This event is annual, and will be kicked off the Halloween festivities. To find out more information about this event and others by Discover Whitewater visit their event schedule. Make sure to watch out for all the creative and fun costumes this year.

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