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  • An eclectic gathering of characters, including a scarecrow, a vampire and Spider-Man, waved to the kids during Charles City’s 25th Annual Spookwalk. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Wonder Woman masked up and grabbed a broom to perform a witch dance during Charles City’s 25th Annual Spookwalk. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • A Wildcat and a ghost joined the Peanuts gang to wave at passers-by during Charles City’s 25th Annual Spookwalk. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Erik Gordon and Emily Kiewel at the Charles City Arts Center stirred up a witch’s brew during Charles City’s 25th Annual Spookwalk. The CCAC won first prize for best non-profit display. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • An ominous-looking werewolf guarded the corner of Jackson Street Thursday during Charles City’s 25th Annual Spookwalk. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Sparky the fire dog kept everyone safe during Charles City’s 25th Annual Spookwalk. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Several colorful characters grabbed brooms to perform a witch dance during Charles City’s 25th Annual Spookwalk. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Several colorful characters grabbed brooms to perform a witch dance during Charles City’s 25th Annual Spookwalk. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Costumed visitors are offered treats at Apple Valley Assisted Living Center as part of the Drive-Thru Spookwalk Thursday evening. Dressed as the witch is Jennifer Satrio, Apple Valley med manager, being helped by her mother, Linda Bergstrom, and daughter Aishyah. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Bags of self-serve treats awaited those costumed kids who visited 9th Street and 11th Street Chautauqua as part of the downtown Drive-Thru Spookwalk Thursday evening. Spookwalk participants were urged to visit assisted living and nursing homes to walk by the windows and wave at the residents. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Costumed charcters visit the 9th Street Chautauqua Thursday evening after going through the downtown Drive-Thru Spookwalk. Press photo by Bob Steenson

Traffic was wound around many blocks, but the wait was worth it Thursday evening as Charles City’s 25th Annual Spookwalk for children and families made the adjustment from foot traffic to tires.

The Spookwalk drive-thru route was along North Jackson Street to Central Park, from North Main to Blunt. The three-block stretch was closed to regular traffic and became one-way.

Vehicles entered from North Main by the bridge and slowly drove through a gauntlet of costumed creatures, displays and decorations. At the end of the route, each child in each vehicle received a  bag of treats donated by participating businesses and organizations.

“We wanted to provide a way for the kids to have some fun and enjoy Halloween, while at the same time do so in a safe manner during these crazy times,” said Charles City Community Development Director Mark Wicks.. “This way children and families can remain safely in their vehicles yet still get to enjoy the sights and receive a treat bag at the end.”

(Press photos James Grob.)

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