As princesses and cowboys, cartoon characters and goblins, children descended on Levis Commons for costume contests, horse-drawn wagon rides, and other seasonal frivolity tonight.
Amirrah Winters, 2, sparkled in a white angel costume while her cousin Dasia Thorne, 4, both of Toledo, provided classic balance as a red-and-black-bedecked devil at the Perrysburg shopping center's annual Fall Festival.
Seven-year-old Tristan Free-Knack, of Toledo, and sister Peyton, 4, were another duo, dressed as Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. They soon found themselves in line to "milk" a large wooden cow, one of the many harvest-themed activities in the grassy area by the clock tower.
Behind them in line were family friends Grace Hartland, 8, and her 5-year-old triplet sisters, Keira, Natalie, and Sophia, of Perrysburg. They tumbled about as the Disney Pixar film heroine Merida and her triplet brothers who become bears after eating a bewitched cake in "Brave."
Mom Adela Gutierrez said these costumes were good for the weather, which was chilly and rainy Saturday. "They have other ones if its not cold [on Halloween]," she said.
Celebrating her first such holiday was Lucy Feyes, a 9-month-old bat who was flying around strapped to her father's chest in a forward-facing infant carrier.
"And I'm 374 months, somewhere around in there," laughed daddy Dan Feyes, of Perrysburg.
Colton Kirk was only 5 days old when he donned his first Halloween costume last year, said mother Danielle Kirk, of Toledo, and this year at the festival he was a lion to 4-year-old brother Ryland Kirk's tamer.
"I figured this was my last year to make them match," Ms. Kirk said.
She made an extra-large lion mane from a hula hoop and felt to encircle Colton's stroller, and Ryland's circus ring leader costume was put together from a little wedding tuxedo and T-ball pants. He even had a whip, and Ms. Kirk cautioned him to not hit his baby brother with it for real.
Even the "big kids" got in on the costumed fun, with staff from Direction Credit Union in Levis Commons walking around as bugs.
Employee Miranda Snyder, of Perrysburg, made many of the costumes, like her own as a bee and a coworker's ladybug. "They're not that hard," she said, straightening her tulle tutu.
A straw bale race course was set up for children to drive miniature, battery-powered tractors, and area country band Haywire performed crowd favorites throughout the festival.
Contact Rebecca Conklin Kleiboemer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-356-8786.