Costumed children, adults and even dogs came out in full force Wednesday evening for Pumpkinfest.

The Halloween celebration has quickly become a tradition for many locals who stop in at Pumpkinfest before taking their families out for trick-or-treating.

The event was originally started by the Waynesville Methodist Church, but in the last few years, more churches have come on board to make the event bigger, better and more fun. This year Waynesille Methodist Church was joined by the Church of God, Church of the Nazarene, Grace Covenenant, Assembly of God and Harmony Baptist.

Pumpkinfest was held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Halloween, and was very well attended. At many points during the event, moving from one end of the park to the other end was very difficult because people were standing shoulder to shoulder.

The event offered entertainment of all types including bounce houses, live music, a puppet show, cupcake decorating, hay ride, free pumpkins, face painting, carnival style games, popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs and candy, all at no cost to attendees.

Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District brought one of its trucks down so children could see what it was like to sit in the driver's seat of a fire truck and Waynesville Police Department officers could be seen patrolling the area to ensure the safety of attendees.