Nobody’s sure when it started, but everyone agrees it has been going on for a long time. Not as far back as the Whiskey Wars, but certainly before there were 4th Fridays, there was Midnight Madness.
The Westerville Local History Archives have this photo from 1984 showing Nancy Wasserman, owner of Uptown business, The Difference, with customer Mimi Gresler at 1984’s Midnight Madness. That’s at least 32 years that the Westerville Uptown Merchants’ Association has been showcasing the shops in Uptown during the Halloween season. At the very least, that’s parents, kids and grandkids who have roamed the Uptown streets in costumes, participating in various contests, enjoying fun decoration and taking advantage of sales offered by the many merchants who have called Uptown home through the years.
The other photos, from 2009 and 2010, respectively, show some of the good times had when the leaves are down and sky is dark in Uptown.
You’ll hear the clip-clip of hooves again this year, as WUMA offers free horse-drawn wagon rides. You’ll see shop windows with decorations both spooky and whimsical and you’ll be able to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to watch family-friendly movies at Westerville Automotive on E. Main St.
Will there be candy? Yes. Will it be cold? Maybe. Will you make memories? Definitely.