Thousands participate in Boo on Main

Nov. 1—It was a six-block reign of terror and the terrific as costumed characters overtook downtown London on Saturday afternoon.

This year's Boo on Main brought out thousands of participants, patiently waiting in line from Town Center Park to the Laurel County Courthouse — and back — to visit the many booths handing out candy and treats.

Even the persons at the booths got in on the festivities, donning their costumes as they greeted the hundreds of people passing through the route.

From Mario and Luigi to characters from yesterday's and today's most popular horror stories — and even Pebbles from the 1960s cartoon "The Flintstones" — the lines of people offered a wide variety of costumes while the treats ranged from Kettle Korn and cotton candy to Dum Dum suckers, candy bars and gum.

Chris Robinson, executive director of London Tourism Commission, said the crowd was one of the largest and that while the event was scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the booths would remain open until everyone in line went through the route.

And that happened, as the barrage of people caused the event to open 15 minutes early and hold over an additional 30 minutes to accommodate all the visitors who passed by the 50 booths set up along the route. Participants were patient as they braved the long lines, although some of the younger children caught a brief nap or hitched a ride in their parents' arms or shoulders.

The event was well received and well organized, and no incidents were reported.