Lions and skeletons and witches, oh my!

The downtown streets of New Albany was flooded with little ghouls Tuesday evening.

No, it wasnt the scene from the latest horror movie, but the scene of 2007s New Albany Main Street Association Trick or Treat Downtown.

Approximately 4,000 were in attendance of the festival.

The trick-or-treat village went really well, said New Albany Main Street Director Vickie Duke. We had 17 places giving out candy.

The first stop for trick or treaters was Van Atkins, where they could pick up their Halloween bags. From there, they could gather candy along Bankhead St.

This year there will be several new features to the event including Trick-or-Treat Village, composed of large paintings of the downtown storefronts created by local students. In between each painting, members of the Main Street Youth Committee gave out candy to children.

A costume contest sponsored by The New Albany Gazette was held with winners in the following categories: three age groups: 0-2, 3-6 and 7-10. These winners are pictured on page 3A.

Close by the costume contest, a new attraction called Dancing in the Streets will be taking place.

We are going to put up bales of hay to block of an area, so anyone who wants to can have a place to dance to the music from the contest, Duke said. Last year. Most of the kids ended up dancing, so we though we would try this out.

Lots of games will be available for children to play including apple bobbing and ring toss sponsored by the Main Street Youth Committee, gold fish toss sponsored by Luv-A-Pet, bean bag toss sponsored by Will and Jane Ford, balloon darts sponsored by the Bank of New Albany and basketball toss by City Beautification Committee.

A cake-eating contest will be sponsored by Sugarees Bakery.

The Historic Northside Garden Club sponsored Pumpkin Alley and held a best pumpkin contest. Kids painted actual and paper pumpkins.

The National Guard had their rock climbing wall and also a new laser tag game they recently received.

Main Street Association also handed out balloons and face painting was available from its youth committee.

The Union County 4-H sponsored fake calf roping.

The citys fire truck and an ambulance from Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County was on display.

We ordered a lot more candy this year, Duke said. We want it to grow each year.