Oxford's Halloween spirit draws thousands

Nov. 1—OXFORD — This is a place that could be called a "city with spirits" after two successful nights of Halloween celebrations.

Friday brought the annual Witches Ride and Walk on Main held in concert with the first ever "Howl-O-Ween," bringing out the fun with plenty of costumed four-legged friends accompanied by many of their just-as-costumed owners.

The "spirits" were especially willing when they came out in force for Tuesday night's Trick-or-Treat on Main.

Lines formed for blocks along both Main and Choccolocco Streets for the full three-hour celebration as ghouls and goblins of all ages waited patiently in lines for their treats provided along the way by several sponsors.

Many took advantage of having a seat for a few minutes as they went into the Oxford Performing Arts Center for a multi-media, laser-filled "Fright-Light Spectaular."

The 10-minute show, produced and staged by the OPAC technical crew, provided a spooky and fun immersive experience using a state-of-the-art projection, light, laser and sound system which brought both gasps and laughs to the audience.

"I am proud that we are able to provide a safe environment for children of all ages and backgrounds to Trick or Treat and enjoy Halloween at our 9th annual Trick or Treat on Main," said Hunter Gentry, director of Historic Main Street Oxford which hosted both nights.

Gentry estimated an attendance of 8,000 to 10,000 people in the four-square-block area of Choccolocco Street and Main Street Tuesday night.

Staff Writer Brian Graves: 256-236-1551.