Oxford hosts ‘Boo’ festival

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November 2 – OXFORD – The laser light that emblazoned the “Ghostbusters” logo atop the Oxford Performing Arts Center on Monday evening signaled that there was something strange going on in the neighborhood.

Even stranger things materialized downtown when Historic Main Street Oxford held its eighth annual Trick-or-Treat on Main Halloween celebration.

Several one-block queues featured children and parents taking their share of free candy handed out at several different stations along Main and Choccolocco streets.

Anyone in those lines was just as likely to end up behind a dragon or in front of the clown from the “It” movies.

Many youngsters took the opportunity to shout down a pair of inflatable slides and have their picture taken with Oxford Police and Fire Service mascots.

A hay ride was also offered to admire all the scenes comfortably.

The main attraction of the evening was the OPAC laser light show projected onto the facade of the venue with a soundtrack of classic scary music.

Oxford’s celebration had actually started a week earlier with the second annual Witches Ride and Walk on Main, with proceeds from the listing benefiting Historic Main Street Oxford.

The Parks and Recreation Department also held activities and a costume contest at the Oxford Civic Center ahead of the start of the town center celebrations.

Main Street Oxford’s historic manager Hunter Gentry said the night brought “a big crowd” to the city centre.

Police Chief Bill Partridge reported that halfway through the event, the evening had passed with no reported problems in the city.

A man, who only identified himself as a permanent resident of Oxford, told an Anniston Star reporter: ‘I have never seen so many people in all my years here.

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