Go downtown, young ghouls

By From page B2 | October 30, 2013

What: Placerville Downtown Spooktacular

Who: City of Placerville, the Placerville Downtown Association, the Placerville 20-30 Club and the Placerville Lions Club

Where: Main Street in Placerville

When: Thursday, Oct. 31

Cost: No admission charge

Information: 530-672-3436 or visit the Website at


Grab the ghosts, ghouls and goblins and get going.



Placerville’s Main Street will come alive … or at least undead … as costume-clad youngsters participate in a seasonal favorite for all ages, the Placerville Downtown Spooktacular. This annual happening brings Halloween to life on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Sponsored by the city of Placerville, the Placerville Downtown Association, the Placerville 20-30 Club and the Placerville Lions Club, the annual Halloween Parade and candy-coated goings-on are eagerly anticipated each autumn.

“The costume contest is my favorite part,” said Steve Youel, director of Community Services for the city. “I’ve been taking my twin daughters since they were 3 years old, and now they’re 21,” he added, trying to remember how long the Spooktacular has been a part of local celebrations.

“I remember when it was up at Rotary Park and we used to have a big bonfire, about 25 years ago,” Youel continued. “But the event got too big for that venue and now it pretty much takes over all of Main Street.”

The Placerville Downtown Spooktacular will feature trick-or-treating Thursday, Halloween, from 4 to 6 p.m., with Main Street merchants happily providing candy to the excited children, whose costumes are a sheer delight each year. The costume contest will award prizes in several age categories, with judges looking for creepy creativity and adorable adornment.

“I don’t go so much for the store-bought costumes,” said the 20-30 Club’s John Bailey, who will be on the panel of judges with the tough task of narrowing down the winners. “I like the creative, homemade costumes, where Mom takes a cardboard box and makes it into a toaster, then builds a piece of bread out of her kid’s back,” he said, recalling, no doubt, a past favorite. “I also like the family groups, where it’s obvious it must have taken at least a couple of months to come up with the outfits.”

Joining Bailey in the judging will be notables such as City Councilwoman Trisha Wilkins and others. Judging is set for 6:10 p.m.

Along with the parade of costumed children, a carnival will fill Town Hall, 549 Main St., where plenty of treats will find their way into Halloween goody bags.

So crawl out of your crypt and join a host of happy Halloween revelers during this year’s Placerville Downtown Spooktacular.

For more information call the PDA at 530-672-3436 or visit the Website at

Pat Lakey

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