Spirited Time in Victoria

Spirits were high, winds were low, and temperatures moderate in downtown Victoria on Sat., Oct. 26th.

The Halloween event brought swarms of parents and children out of the woodwork and into the streets and they came with an appetite for trick and treats.

Tower Boulevard in downtown Victoria became a menagerie of mortals among the Halloween spirits.

Every single parking space and parking lot in Victoria was crammed with cars, vans, and SUVís.

Noel Stiller of Victoria brought his son Brodie, 4, who arrived at the Halloween party as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

Two of Victoriaís favorite witches shared tea and stories and games with the kids.† Thatís Cindy Larson on the left.† Ann OíNeill was sitting in that empty chair.

Among other tricks and treats, the Victoria Lions made s'mores for spirits big and little.† L-r:† Lion Jeff Chapman, Lion Dave Lura, Lion Ray Notermann, Lion Paul Schullo.† Dave Lura was the coordinator of this successful downtown event.† Co-chairs were Lion Tim Sebenaler and Lion Laura O'Neill.

Kathy Sether of Victoria came with her daughter Alyson, 20, a junior at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, and grandchildren Alonna, 2 (a giraffe) and AJ, 5 months (a little pumpkin) who are the children of another daughter Ashley who lives in Rochester.

Here is Witch Ann OíNeill and kids taking turns at the pinata.

Two of the tallest people at the Halloween party were Frankensteinís Monster and Lion Kurt Zuppke.† Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik is also in the picture.

Larry and his Bagpipers visited Enki Brewing in downtown Victoria during the Halloween Party along with Mike Hoy on the accordion.† The rousing stirring sound of the bagpipe raised spirits even further, as did the familiar and enthusiastic music of the accordion.† Said John Hayes of Enki Brewing, "Funny thing is, we didn't find the bagpipers.† They found us."†

At least one member of Duck Dynasty visited Enki Brewing during the Halloween party.† Si Robertson identifies closely with John Hayes, owner of Enki, along with Dan Norton, bow-tied on the right.

Mike Hoy found a little peace in this corner of the Brewery.

Mayor Tom O'Connor and wife Cathi attend most downtown Victoria events, including the 2013 Halloween party.† Much of their time that afternoon was spent at the games with their grandchildren, with a brief step into Enki Brewing where music filled the spirited and hallowed halls of the old Creamery building.

Fresh Seasons Market had chili available for the spirited occasion.† Stephanie Meyer works in the floral and gift area of Fresh Seasons and Noah Atlas, who made the delicious chili, is Director of Operations.

The pumpkins and hay bales for Victoria's Halloween Party were provided by Mike and Colleen Klingelhutz of "Nice Pumpkins Cheap" in Chanhassen.

The Victoria Fire Department brought one of their big beautiful engines.

Camaraderie in this colorful season puts spirits in a very good mood.

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