Pedro St. James was the scene of a whole stew of spooky fun this past weekend.
Organizers estimate more than 1,000 people attended the Hershey’s Halloween Spookfest on Saturday, which delivered loads of thrills and chills for young and old.

“Seeing Pedro Castle filled with all the little ones dressed up so spooktacularly and having fun, was the highlight of the event for us.”

“Progressive and us at dms Broadcasting sat down and wanted to create something fun and family friendly for Halloween this year with Hershey’s,” said dms Broadcasting account executive Melanie Thomas.

“I had sat down with Shayma Hamdi-Romanica from the Tourism Attraction Board and they had been thinking the same thing for Pedro, so we just connected the dots and made it happen – it was such a fun event to create and be a part of, and we’re hopeful it will become an annual event. Pedro was a beautiful venue.”

Entry was free for families with proof of two Hershey’s product purchases, and the event featured Halloween activities like toss the eyeball, coconut bowling, musical pumpkins, sack races and face painting. A haunted house was set up in the Pedro Great House and an outdoor market featured local arts, crafts and baked goods for sale.

Kids had a great time showing off their colorful costumes.
Kids had a great time showing off their colorful costumes.

“We had a great turnout, and the grounds were packed with kids,” said Ms. Hamdi-Romanica.

“Seeing Pedro Castle filled with all the little ones dressed up so spooktacularly and having fun was the highlight of the event for us. There were giggles and mischief in the air, and it made us proud to see the grounds bursting with life. The weather was perfect, and Pedro staff did a great job at keeping everything in check and spooky inside the Haunted Great House.”

A team of volunteers from the Visual Arts Society led by Mary McCallum set up in the Watler House art studio on the Pedro grounds and had a great time helping kids create crafts.

There were plenty of smiles among the attendees who all dressed up for the Halloween Spookfest.
There were plenty of smiles among the attendees who all dressed up for the Halloween Spookfest.

“The VAS studio was busy all day long with kids producing coconut face pumpkins, spiders, bats, all made from nature items that were from the ground and recyclable items you would normally discard,” said Ms. McCallum.

“Thanks to my volunteer team who stuck out the day dressed as witches, black cats and other Halloween characters.”

Organizers were optimistic that another Spookfest is on the horizon, given that such a great time was had by those who came out.

Grownups also had lots of fun at the Spookfest.
Grownups also had lots of fun at the Spookfest.

“The kids had a blast making crafts,” said Ms. Hamdi-Romanica.

“And the coconuts sprayed orange to look like pumpkins [were] a big hit.”

“The highlights for me were definitely coconut bowling, musical pumpkins and the haunted house,” added Ms. Thomas.

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Thes cute supergirls were excited to be at the Spookfest.
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