Halloween Howl a ‘frightful’ success
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 31, 2000
By all accounts, Tuesday night’s Halloween Howl in downtown Natchez was a frightful success.&uot;We were — actually there’s no better word for it — floored by the attendance,&uot; said Moe Le Blanc, manager for Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Natchez.
&uot;We’re already planning to do it bigger and better next year,&uot; he said. Blanc estimated his booth handed out between 1200 and 1400 free soft drinks to costumed children and adults.
Coca-Cola was one of more than a dozen sponsors of the first-time event, the proceeds of which will help Natchez Regional Medical Center donate child safety seats to local law enforcement.
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Jack Houghton, Natchez Regional CEO, found it impossible to estimate the number of people who crowded the corner of Rankin and Main streets by Main Street Marketplace.
&uot;I’m just overwhelmed by the success of it,&uot; Houghton said, adding that the cake walk, the hayride and haunted house were among the most popular activities of the night.
&uot;My greatest hope would be that we would get fewer toddlers coming into the emergency room because they didn’t have a proper car seat,&uot; he said.
Lane Pugh, human resource assistant at Natchez Regional, said she most impressed by the diversity of the crowd.
&uot;There was a real cross-section of people,&uot; Pugh said.
Five-year-old witch Emily Pearson said she most enjoyed collecting bundles of candy from the rows of booths.
&uot;The best part was when I ate the Tootsie Roll,&uot; she said. &uot;And then I got more candy after that!&uot;