Spooky fun kicks off inaugural ‘Halloween Hootinanny’

By event organizer estimates, at least 3,500 costumed trick-or-treaters turned out for the inaugural “Halloween Hootinanny” in Bohemia Park on Oct. 29.

Thousands of pieces of candy were distributed from at least 60 businesses and nonprofits participating in the event, which was sponsored by the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, the City of Cottage Grove and nonprofit Downtown Cottage Grove.

The three-hour celebration directed families through a winding gauntlet of Halloween-inspired tents and a seemingly endless supply of candy.

Organizers are already planning to institute the event as an annual Cottage Grove feature.

“We haven’t had a single negative response,” said Events Coordinator Shane May. “It was 1,000 percent a success. It was so cool to see our community and businesses come together. Everybody wants us to redo it.”

Local restaurant Jack Sprats (center) was voted “Coolest Overall” for its “Candyland” tent decoration.

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