Happy Slasher

This happy slasher was one of hundreds of ghouls, scary clowns, skeletons, dinosaurs and zombies who turned out to bedevil fellow revelers during the Pacific Partnership and Lions Club Monsterfest, held on St. Louis Street Oct. 31. Missourian Photo.

Boris Karloff, arguably best known for his portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster who topped that late in life with a funky hit song titled “Monster Mash,” would have been on familiar ground in Pacific Halloween night, according to organizers.

Monsterfest lived up to its billing Halloween night, when two blocks of St. Louis Street was awash in monsters.

Ghouls, scary clowns, skeletons, slashers, dinosaurs and spine-chilling zombies took advantage of the Pacific Partnership candy giveaway.

One dapper reveler in a lemon yellow suit sported the mask from the Jim Carrey movie of that name.

There is no official count of the number of patrons who turned out for the open-air festival, but trick-or-treaters lined both sides of St. Louis Street from First to Third streets from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Pacific Partnership and Pacific Lions Club joined forces to host this year’s event. Pam Manuel, Lions Club president, chaired the event.

More than a dozen businesses and organizations set up booths or other displays and fielded volunteers to hand out candy.

Organizers worried earlier in the day as brisk winds slashed at anyone who happened outdoors in the 40-degree temperature. But by 5 p.m. the wind had died down, leaving a comfortable stroll among Halloween booths.

The size and scope of this street-party approach to trick-or-treating has continued to draw huge crowds each year, placing it on par with the The Partnership’s other big family celebration, Christmas on the Plaza. Only the summer car show brings more people downtown, according to Stephen Flannery III, Partnership president.

“Each year we wonder how many will show up. That was especially true earlier today when it was cold,” Flannery said. “But here we are with a street full of people. It’s fantastic.”

According to national reports, Pacific is paralleling the rest of the country where Halloween is No. 2 in total retail spending, second only to Christmas.