City Hall event a treat among Fairbanks Halloween festivities

Published: Nov. 2, 2023 at 9:22 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - They say vampires can only come inside if you invite them and that’s exactly what Fairbanks City officials decided to do.

On Tuesday ghouls of many spooky sorts walked the passageways of Fairbanks City Hall which is typically reserved for mere mortals.

“We decided to open up City Hall again for the trick-or-treaters of Fairbanks this year,” Mayor David Pruhs told Newscenter Fairbanks. “Every department did something special, their own theme,” he added.

A blanket of red light covered the vampire’s lounge upstairs, where one can normally find the Mayor’s Office. On the opposite side of the second floor, attendees could take a quick trip to Hogwarts before descending into the ever-colorful Super Mario World.

With the backdrop of laughter, music and crinkling candy wrappers, the afternoon event seemed popular among the chocolate-seeking crowd that circulated throughout the building.

Standing at the center of the vampire’s lounge, Pruhs agreed. “We’re about two-thirds of the way through our day,” Pruhs said a couple hours into the event, “and we’ve had about 800 kids through here.”

On their way out the door, trick-or-treaters were able to vote for which department had their favorite decorations. City officials said Wednesday that Super Mario World, set up by Risk Manager Christina Rowlett, took the win.