Community turns out for Monster Mash

It seemed like all of Ruston turned out for the annual Monster Mash held Monday evening in its new location at the Ruston Sports Complex.

Hundreds of ghouls, princesses and witches were ready to trick-or-treat at various booths participating in the event.

Amy Stegall, the Ruston Main Street director, said more than 50 organizations were represented with booths at this year’s festivities.

“Monster Mash is one of my favorite traditions,” Stegall said. “Our community really loves coming together for this event every fall. The best part is—it is all about the kids! Moving it to the Ruston Sports complex this year was about safety and room to spread out, but it really made it even more fun! We can’t wait for next year.”

Ruston officers helped guide vehicles as individuals began parking even before the 4 p.m. start time.

 “It’s a big event,” Stegall said. “You get a lot of traffic, and you’ll see people from the community. So it’s great for businesses to get out there and have their name out there.”

Up to 2,500 kids have shown up for downtown trick-or-treating in the past, Stegall said, and she looks forward to continuing the tradition and bringing the community together for this traditional event.

 “This is a great opportunity for community, so we look forward to as much participation from the businesses and our community on both sides,” Stegall said. “It’s just a great way to get together and enjoy a fun family event and have a good time. That’s really what it’s about.”

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