It certainly didn’t seem like fall, with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s, but Saturday’s toasty conditions didn’t stop hundreds of ghouls and goblins from filling the Loudoun Street Mall for the city’s annual Old Town Spooktacular.

Parents and costume-clad children packed the mall for the event, which kicked off at 11 a.m. with a Halloween pet parade that started at Posh Pets Boutique at 16 S. Loudoun St. Dogs were decked out in costumes ranging from pirate to ladybug.

Kids, pets, adults dress up for SpooktacularBut the obvious highlight of the Spooktacular was the trick-or-treating that took place at downtown businesses from 2 to 4 p.m.

Children also were able to pose for photos with McGruff the Crime Dog and Slimer of “Ghostbusters” fame.

“We greatly appreciate the generosity of the downtown businesses who participate each year,” Downtown Manager Jennifer Bell said in a news release. “They truly make this a great Old Town Winchester tradition.”

And while city officials expected more than 600 children to participate in Saturday’s event, the long lines at businesses handing out candy suggested that even more may have ventured out because of the warm weather.

For the Chapman family, of Winchester, the Spooktacular was a chance for all of them to don Batman-related costumes.

Michael Chapman, who was leading his family down the mall decked out in his blue batman suit complete with bat fins protruding from wristbands, said he usually red carpet dresses in Lego costumes.

His wife, Sarah, in her shiny Batgirl attire, there with 3-month-old daughter Ellah — who was dressed similarly — said Michael’s costumes have earned him some notoriety in the past.

One year, he even won an award at a contest in Baltimore for having the best male costume.

“This is Ellah’s first Halloween, so we thought we would all dress up and have fun,” Sarah said.

As the children enjoyed themselves, filling their plastic pumpkins and bags with treats, adults with a love of history were treated to an open house at Winchester Hiram No. 21 Masonic Lodge, 172 N. Loudoun St.

From noon to 4 p.m., the historic lodge offered guided tours and exploration of its museum, including items from President William McKinley, who was initiated into Freemasonry there in 1865 before he took office in Washington, D.C., in 1897.

McKinley — who served as president from 1897 until his assassination in 1901 — was a captain in the Union Army at the time of his initiation and fought in the Battle of Cedar Creek near Middletown during the Civil War.

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