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Boo-HaHa Halloween festival in Rock Hill delivers treats, no tricks

Trick-or-Treaters, including Josiah Burnett, 5, center, celebrate Halloween at Boo Ha-Ha in downtown Rock Hill at Fountain Park, on Saturday.
Trick-or-Treaters, including Josiah Burnett, 5, center, celebrate Halloween at Boo Ha-Ha in downtown Rock Hill at Fountain Park, on Saturday. Special to The Herald

It was a night of fright and fun at the 14th annual Boo-HaHa festival in downtown’s Fountain Park.

The Halloween festival filled downtown with a variety of costumed characters and their families for trick-or-treating as vendors lined the park to hand out candy. There was also a costume contest and dancing.

From superheros and princesses to firemen and masked villains, Rock Hill’s youngest residents competed in a costume contest divided by age groups.

Josiah Burnett, 5, clomped and clanked around in a silver robot costume complete with working lights. The silver costume, which included aluminum baking pans for shoes and a plunger wrapped in a slinky, took more than three hours to put together, Josiah’s father Jesse said.

“He wanted to be a robot, and my wife said, ‘We have to make him the most awesome robot we can,’” Jesse Burnett said. “His idea and his main thing was he needed the plunger on his helmet.”

Dressing up was a family affair for Savannah Craig and her family. They dressed as the Flintstones.

“When I style her hair, I always put it up like that and she just always reminded me of Pebbles,” Craig said of her daughter Kimber, who sat in a stroller with her hair wrapped in a bun around a plastic bone. “We decided she was gonna be Pebbles and we just kind of dressed with her.”

There was room for more than one superhero in Andrew and Keisha Feaster’s family. Sons Kaleb and Desmond both dressed as Spiderman.

“We just let them. This is the first year they actually chose,” Keisha Feaster said.

Keisha Feaster said the family prefers the festival because it’s safer than trick-or-treating door to door.

“It’s a tradition now,” she said. “We’ve been doing it going on three years.”

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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