Folsom families get into Halloween spirit

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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More than 500 pumpkins lit up Sutter Street Friday night at the annual Night of 1,000 Pumpkins. This year all pumpkins entered into the event were entered into a raffle with 200 prizes from local businesses, said Stephanie Rodgers, Folsom Historic District Association director. “This has been such a great event this year,” Rodgers said. “The Historic District merchants and local organizations really helped make this night possible.” The night included pumpkin carving, a raffle, movies and popcorn. A flash mob of dancers from Center Stage Dance Academy in El Dorado Hills also surprised the crowd with a zombie inspired dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah song, “Heads Will Roll.” “We did three practices of about an hour-and-a-half each,” said 8-year-old dancer Megan Midkiff, of El Dorado Hills. “I enjoyed it. It was so much fun going out and performing.” Her older sister, 11-year-old Kayla, agreed. “I was really fun,” she said. “It was thrilling.” The event brought in many local and visiting families because of its kid-friendly, family atmosphere. “We wanted some family fun tonight,” said Laura Quezada, of Rancho Cordova. “We brought our 8-month old daughter Gracie. We love coming to this event.” Lynda Sheppard of Rocklin also came out with her family to partake in the Halloween fun. “We came out here to see all the pumpkins and to do the trick-or-treating with the kids,” Sheppard said. “This is our first time out here and we are really enjoying everything.” Tick-or-treater Tyler Hight, 5, of Folsom came out with his parents. “I like the candy,” Hight said with a smile. Teen Miss Roseville 2012 Samantha Holcomb, 15, said it was her first time attending the event. “It like it,” said the Woodcreek High School student. “It’s really cool. It’s a great way to support the community.” She handed out pamphlets for Saturday’s Folsom FallFest along with Little Miss Folsom 2012 Abigail Viramontez, 6, of Folsom. Organizers say this year sported the largest attendance, drawing “thousands,” but no official estimate was available as of press time. Some merchants ran out of candy as they were hit with throngs of costumed candy-seekers. “We didn’t run out because we kept production going (to make more treats),” said Jim Snook, of Snook’s Chocolate Factory on Sutter Street. Snook also serves as president of the Folsom Historic District Association. To see online video of the dance, go to, “pics & vids” and go to “our videos.” For more photos, see the online photo galleries.