For an event that had its share of bumps along the way, this year’s Ghosts on the Coast proved a smashing success.
Crowds flocked to downtown, the participation of merchants was impressive and more than 100 children participated in the costume contest.
The Haunted House put on by the Boy Scouts proved its bona fides.
“It was really scary,” said Cameron Brown, 7.
Ghosts on the Coast, a staple in Port St. Joe for nearly two decades, got off to something of a stumbling start. There were some who questioned whether in these economic times it was worth the effort and money spent.
The Chamber of Commerce got behind the event, Dana Boyer spearheaded the organization and with some help from the community – 50-60 bags of candy were donated as part of a drive to defray some costs to downtown businesses – the event enjoyed by all, as the photos on this page highlight.
“It was fabulous,” Boyer said. “Everyone I have talked to has said it was the biggest turnout yet.
“There were so many people downtown. To see all the people, the participation by the downtown merchants, the help from the community, it was all very gratifying.”
The hope for next year is to increase the community participation. Event organizers got a late start in promoting the campaign for the public to donate candy to their favorite downtown merchant.
“We had some candy donated, but I thought there would be more,” Boyer said. “The merchants that participate did have to pay a little bit less for candy this year.”
Even the idea of the old mill whistle sounding to begin trick-or-treating after the costume contest proved a fine idea.
“We had to sound it a little early because there were so many people and a few had started to trick-or-treat,” Boyer said. “But overall, it worked really well and the children were very well behaved.”