Monsterfest Always Draws a Crowd

Monsterfest, the annual Halloween celebration, draws ever-larger crowds as pictured in 2016. The event asks businesses and organizations to create scary or fun booths and hand out the candy. The Pacific Lions Club and Pacific Partnership will partner to host the 2017 event on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31.  Missourian Photo.

Monsterfest has proven to be such a hit with local families that new organizers are urging local businesses and organizations to join the fun again this year.

The Pacific Partnership hosts the event and provides the candy for booth operators to distribute. The evening is a carryover of the former Spookfest that originated in the city park in 2001.

Pam Manuel, who chairs the event for the first time this year, said she’s hopeful that everyone who had a booth in the last few years will come out again.

The event, designed as a safe trick-or-treat venue, draws hundreds of families each year.

For businesses or organizations that want to connect with citizens, this is a sure-fire way to get your name out there, Manuel noted.

By counting the giveaway candy apples, organizers estimated that more than 1,500 youngsters have attended in recent years, accompanied by an uncounted number of adults.

From 5 to 8 p.m. costumed revelers of all ages will trek from booth to booth as Partnership volunteers keep booths supplied with candy.

The event is always held on Halloween, Oct. 31, on St. Louis Street between First and Third streets.

The street is blocked for vehicle traffic from First to Fourth streets to allow easy and safe pedestrian access.

The Pacific Lions Club and Pacific Partnership are partnering to organize the 2017 event.

Businesses and organizations are invited to set up booths that are approximately 20 feet wide, but if more space is needed it can be arranged.

Booth operators must bring their own generators if they need electricity, but the partnership provides all of the candy.

The cost to operate a booth is $25. Checks should be made payable to the Pacific Partnership.

Anyone wanting to participate can contact Pam Manuel, 636-675-3186, or Tiffany Wilson at the Chamber of Commerce, 636-271-6639.