From outlandish costumes to sacks of free candy, Halloween has been a fun-filled venue in Pacific for the past 16 years.
Monsterfest became the name of the Halloween celebration in 2013, as a successor of the former Spookfest, which was organized in 2001, as a safe trick-or-treat venue for kids of all ages.
Pam Manuel, Pacific Lions Club president, will be the face of Monsterfest this Halloween.
The Lions are partnering with the Pacific Partnership, which hosts the event, according to Stephen Flannery III, Partnership president.
The event will be held on St. Louis Street on Halloween, which is Tuesday, Oct. 31. Hours will be 5 to 8 p.m.
Vehicle traffic will be blocked off from First to Third streets from mid-afternoon until the event closes.
Monsterfest, which draws large crowds, relies on local businesses who are asked to create booths for the event and hand out the candy that is provided by the Partnership.
“It’s not too early for businesses or organizations to start planning their booths,” Manuel said. “Really anyone who wants to join the fun can enter a booth.”
Booth space is 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. The Partnership will provide all of the candy.
The cost to operate a booth is $25. Checks should be made payable to the Pacific Partnership.
Organizers create a monument sign to identify each participating business or group.
This year a food for the needy campaign will be added to Monsterfest, Manuel said. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items that will be distributed to local food pantries.
Pacific has two food pantries, the Agape Help House and St. Vincent de Paul, which provide food for the needy.
“The pantries are terribly low on non food items,” Manuel said. “We’ll have boxes set up so attendees can dropoff items. Donations are needed.”
Anyone wanting to participate can contact Pam Manuel, 636-675-3186, or Tiffany Wilson, Chamber, 636-271-6639.