By Robert Barron Staff Writer

The third annual Scare of the Square will creep into downtown Saturday.

The event will be 5 to 8 p.m. on the Garfield County Court House lawn.

Tammy Wilson, coordinator, said this year's event will be like those in previous years, with a costume contest for children up to 18 years old, as well as contests for adults and groups. A Halloween queen pageant is for women over 18. The winner will ride her own float.

Other events include a jack-o'-lantern contest with a $100 prize for best entry and a $50 prize for best decorated booth.

As usual, the night-time parade will be one of the main features, Wilson said. Everyone in costume may participate in the parade. Longtime Oklahoma City television personality Count Gregore will be parade marshal.

There will be a number of booths where children can trick or treat and get candy. The candy is free, and it also is free to set up a booth, she said.

"It's free to everyone. We wanted it so everyone could afford it. That's part of the purpose of it," Wilson said.

Wilson is assisted by the cast of "The Mysterious Lab of Dr. Fear," which airs on PEGASYS, Enid's public-access television station.

Anyone wanting to set up a booth to give away candy, donate to the event or enter a float can call Wilson at 402-6732 or use the Web site

The event annually brings 3,000 to 5,000 people downtown, Wilson said.

"Churches do harvest festivals and the mall has a parade, but there isn't any real Halloween festival," she said. "We want to bring back the Halloween thing. The community seems to like it, so there is obviously a need for it with that many people showing up for it."

Wilson said the idea for the event came when she and some friends were discussing Halloween one day and regretted Halloween is not like it was when they were children.

"You can't really trick or treat anymore. It's not like it was when your mom dropped you off and picked you up again several blocks later," she said.

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