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The Suburbanite
  • Hall of Fame hosts ghosts, goblins and more

  • The sixth annual Halloween Family Fun Day brought out costumed kids and adults from Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Portage counties.

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  • On most Saturday afternoons, The Pro Football Hall of Fame is usually filled with visitors and football enthusiasts from all over the United States. There were thousands of visitors of a different kind Oct. 13 — ghosts, goblins, super heroes, princesses, a couple of witches and some pretty spooky characters.
    The sixth annual Halloween Family Fun Day brought out costumed kids and adults from Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Portage counties. Ashley Bauer, special events coordinator, said the event usually draws 1,500 to 2,000 families each year.
    “Each child receives a trick-or-treat bag that they can take to 20 different stations throughout the museum to get free candy or other items,” Bauer said.
    Stations were handing out candy, popcorn, cotton candy, spider rings and Hall of Fame sun visors. Family-friendly Halloween movies were played throughout the day. There were many Halloween inflatables set up on each level of the museum for the kids to enjoy. And, The Farm at Walnut Creek setup a petting zoo in the plaza tent with a camel, a colorful parrot, goats, sheep and a large African spur thigh tortoise.
    “It’s a really great event for the community,” Bauer said. “The museum and the artifacts are open to visitors as well. The kids in their costumes are an added bonus today.”
    There were many first-time visitors to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the event. The Pottmeyer family drove up from their home in Bolivar.
    “This is our first time to the Halloween event and to the Hall of Fame,” Brandy Pottmeyer said. “We expect to have a lot of fun and to get a lot of candy today.”
    Kate Morris from Rootstown also had her family at the Hall of Fame for the first time. She said her brother and sister-in-law invited them.
    “We are excited about getting a lot of candy, and the kids are excited about getting to see the animals in the petting zoo, too,” Morris said.