McKenzie’s “Boo Bash” brings hundreds downtown

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MCKENZIE, Tenn — Monsters, princesses and superheroes pack McKenzie’s downtown square Thursday night in the city’s second annual “Boo Bash” It is an event organizers say helps bring the community together. “We know our college kids enjoy getting out on Halloween, and of course the community likes to get out,” “Boo Bash” organizer, Myra Carlock told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News, Thursday. “We thought bringing them all together in one spot would be a good safe way to enjoy the evening.” Complete with a headless horseman and costume contest, those involved say it is more than just handing out candy. “I like bringing different people together,” ‘Trunk-or-treat’ participant Jared Williams explained. “We’re all here for the same goal: to benefit kids who don’t get to ‘trick or treat’ or don’t have the option or anything. Just having them in a safe place, safe environment.” City officials expected more than 1000 people to come downtown Thursday night for their Boo Bash. Parents said they are glad that the city put together something safe for everyone to enjoy. “Just a nice clean environment where the kids can come and play,” McKenzie parent, Lindsay Simmons said. “The kids love everything here, and everyone can kind of get together as a community.” “It’s a great way to get people out in the community,” parent Leigh Carr said. “Get the kids out for a little pre-‘trick-or-treating’ in a lighted environment. I think it’s great.” “I think it’s great for the community,” McKenzie parent April Minor said. “We have lots of people here. I love coming out and seeing all the kids dress up in their costumes.”

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