Congratulations are in order for the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce as employees and members celebrate 50 years of serving Westerville businesses and residents. Next year the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau will celebrate 40 years of bringing visitors to our community.

Marking anniversaries are fun, but there are just some things that have been going on so long, their beginning defies pinning down. One of those things is Midnight Madness. Several generations of Westerville residents have shared memories of coming Uptown to shop late, visit with neighbors and get a treat or two from the merchants. For decades, kids have enjoyed circling the historic buildings in a wagon while dressed as Disney princesses and various super heroes.

Parents snapped photos, not on smartphones, but on real cameras, that required film, that needed dropped off to be processed and picked up before you could see the results. That’s how long Midnight Madness has been going on.

There have been scarecrows along the streets and monsters in the windows. Who remembers vampires playing the keyboard in the fountain near City Hall and a catwalk in the courtyard? There was always fun to be had at Midnight Madness and this year, October 27th will be no exception.

Horse-drawn wagon rides, art activities, spooky science fun, a Haunted Garden at Uptown on Main, scary movie and trick or treating in participating shops will all be part of the evening. Generations Performing Arts Center and Sounds Educational Center are performances not to be missed. Java Central will host the Haunted Hollow Experience along the Brickwalk. Families can strut their stuff on the Halloween Catwalk and get treat bags from the Westerville Division of Police.

Uptown shops will participate in a Window and Storefront Decorating Contest, so make sure to vote for your favorites! There will also be opportunities to get books, airbrush tattoos, kettle corn, cookies, brats, hot dogs and more. Midnight Madness is a Westerville tradition that your family won’t want to miss.

Here’s to another Midnight Madness, whatever year we’re celebrating…

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