More than 100 turn out for Florence Halloween

More than 100 people attended the fifth annual Florence Fall Festival Saturday in the school gymnasium, complete with a free meal, haunted house, games, pumpkin carving contest, prizes for the best costumes and more.

Children from Florence and around the area dressed in a variety of Halloween costumes ranging from gum ball machine and vampires to a little princess and Wizard of Oz characters.

Winners in the pumpkin carving contest include Samantha Noonan and Gina Noonan in first place. Jaci Kepler and Jessica Inlow were second place recipients and AJ Cogdill and Ezra Darnall were third.

Costume winners were divided into age groups with Colin Williams, the headless horseman, and Connor Embree, a bounty hunter, first and second respectively.

Other first place winners were Stephanie Mitchell as a vampire and Josepha Inlow as a butterfly. Second place finishers were Ethan Darnall as an Oreo cookie and Griffin King dressed as a scarecrow.

Young participants also took turns striking a Sponge Bob Squarepants pi?ata filled with candy after the costume contest.

Following dinner, guests were treated to a haunted house in the gym basement.

This year?s organizations sponsoring the fall festival included the Florence Chamber of Commerce, Pride, Florence Fire Department, local Emergency Medical Services, Florence Library board and city of Florence.

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