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Purcellville Block Party Organizers Plan Spectacular Halloween

© Leesburg Today - 10/28/2015

If ReLove It Consignment Shoppe co-owners Michael Oaks and Kim Patterson Oaks have their way, this year's Halloween Block Party on North 21st Street will be bigger than ever.

""We are expecting thousands. The Facebook page response has been amazing,"" Michael Oaks said this week.

From its inception four years ago as a Halloween celebration and costume contest, the event has morphed into the town's largest block party, drawing both local residents and visitors from neighboring counties.

A key mover and shaker in the consortium of the town's downtown businesses, Oaks said sponsorships and donations from businesses all over the town are helping hugely. ""Without them the party wouldn't be possible,"" he said.

The block party will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. The street will be blocked to traffic from 3 to 10:30 p.m. between O and Main streets. In case of rain, the party will be held Saturday, Oct. 31.

For the kids especially, the heart of the event is the costume contest, which will be judged in six categories. Participants don't have to register; they just turn up and are put into different age categories, from infants to adults. There will be four judges: motivational speaker Gino Stampora, Catoctin Creek Distillery co-owner Scott Harris, Purcellville Police Chief Cynthia McAlister and Town Councilwoman Karen Jimmerson. There will be plenty of cash prizes, including the top prize of $500 cash for the best costume overall.

For Oaks and his wife, Kim, the event is worth all the work to organize and raise money for the party.

""It's a social event, just a great family friendly affair,"" he said.

In addition to the costume contest, there will be plenty of food available on the street.

""Come hungry,"" Oaks advised.

Magnolia's at the Mill restaurant will serve up a medley of dishes, while new Mexican restaurant Casa Tequila will offer tacos and other goodies. The American Legion on North 21st Street will serve hot dogs, hamburgers and Sloppy Joes. Lickety Splitz Hawaiian Shave Ice and several food trucks also will be on hand.

In addition to the costume contest, games include The Rubber Rat Toss, Pumpkin Bowling, Pin The Nose on the Witch, Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe. For those wishing super scary results, there will be contests for ""Howl at the Moon,"" and ""Most Horrific Scream.""

Storyteller Dana Laukhuf will be on hand to tell Halloween tales. There will be rubber ducky races, Magic by Ryan, balloon artist James Creel, the Wildlife Ambassadors and a few more surprises that Oaks declined to divulge. A highlight will be a 45-minute show, starting at 5:30 p.m., by the Last Ham Standing Improv group and emcee Dave Wright.

Admission is free.

For contest rules and more information, go to purcellvillehallowween.com or contact the Oaks at 540-751-0707 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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