Swanton Lions Halloween Hoopla Returns with Record Attendance
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 Swanton Halloween Hoopla presented by the Swanton Lions Club, nobody was more disappointed than the Lions Club members themselves. When the Club began to plan for the 2021 event, Chairman Scot Lawson wanted to make this year’s Hoopla the biggest and best so far.
This past Saturday, downtown Swanton was swarming with a crowd estimated to be in the thousands with children, teenagers, adults and even some pets, dressed in ghoulish, ghastly and glorious garb roaming Main Street and its many shops in search of tricks, treats and tremendous fun things to do. In other words, it was MISSION ACCOMPLISHED for Mr. Lawson and the rest of the hard-working members of the Swanton Lions Club.
Up and down Main Street, from Garfield to Church, revelers enjoyed the five bouncy houses, the mini fighter jet from the 180th Ohio Air National Guard, the giant snow plow from ODOT, peddle carts and other attractions during the two hours of Hoopla. As always, a crowd favorite was the firefighters from the Swanton Fire and Rescue Department passing out delicious donuts along with apple cider, hot chocolate and coffee.
The Lions handed out popcorn and hot dogs and cookie decorating kits were available inside the Swanton Board of Education building. It was difficult to decide but what may have been the highlight of the day was Julie’s Dance Studio dancers from Bowling Green, dressed as zombies, performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and dancing to other songs as well.
Many of the small businesses and other organizations offered candy in front of or inside their stores during the Hoopla which ran from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. There was just enough time for everyone to head back home, catch their breath and venture back out for the Village’s Trick or Treating which began soon after.
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