Boo Review 2016

These Ghostbusters caught their fair share of treats at the 2016 Boo Review..

For more than 30 years, the witching hour has taken hold of Main Street — though not in the wee hours of the morning — and its ghoulish vibe only grows stronger each year.

Main Street Duncan (MSD), as a charter member of Main Street Oklahoma, part of Main Street America, began with several events — one being the ritual ghastly gathering of Boo Review.

MSD Executive Director Destiny Ahlfenger said MSD has helped the goblins, witches, ghosts and spookies find fun the Saturday before Halloween for a long time.

“From my understanding, Boo Review has been going on as long as Main Street has been an organization,” she said. “Now, I’m not a Duncan girl so I don’t know everything about its beginning but it is such an important community event. I know when I got to Main Street seven years ago — this is such a sweet story I still tell it today.

“Somebody local called my office and said, ‘Hey, can you tell me when Boo Review is because it’s my wife’s favorite event and I can’t plan our vacation,’” Ahlfenger explained. “People plan their lives around these events. It’s really something people wrap their arms around and enjoy.”

Ahlfenger said quality of life events MSD hosts are cornerstones for the community.

Boo Review is also one of the events that can’t seem to be contained.

It extends far past the reaches of the Main Street Merchants and draws in many, many other community members who want to help sweeten things up — and provide spooks — for the kids.

“One (thing) I like about Boo Review is there are so many companies and organizations that are not on Main Street that come and set up,” she said. “They come and set up with goodies and treats that they buy with their own money just to be part of this community event.”

And as the globe spins, the event just continues to expand.

“In my time it has just continued to grow. We had a costume contest and of course people handing out treats but then our churches started getting involved and the Freedom Biker Church has activities that they offer to the kids,” like a bounce house which will make an appearance in the 800 block of Walnut Avenue during this year’s event, Ahlfenger said.

This year’s fun is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23. Ahlfenger warns the event goes by quickly. The lineup begins by The Palace Theatre at 926 W. Main Street and moves eastbound until the crowd takes a turn at 7th Street to continue westbound down Main Street.

This year’s costume contest, which will require registration, will take place at noon on the day of the event in the parking lot by the Palace Theatre. Categories include infant to three years old, four to seven years old, eight to 11 years and 12 years and older. First through third place awards are rewarded for each category including cutest costume, scariest costume, most creative costume and best group costume.

There is no cost for those wishing to pass out candy or participate. 

For more information about the event or MSD or to get involved, call 580-252-8696 or visit mainstreetduncan.net.

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