KAYSVILLE -- Crowded around tables, children busily painting tiny pumpkins -- and as one child stood up to leave, another was there to take the vacated place.
Kacy Wilson attended the Monster Mash & Dash with two of her children -- Rafe and Ripley -- who sat at opposite tables, causing their mom to run back and forth to help each of them.
"The kids have enjoyed this a lot," Wilson said of the city-sponsored event Saturday evening at Heritage Park. "They have been begging me to paint pumpkins. They have seen signs around town (about the event) and have been looking forward to it."
Ripley, 4, put plenty of paint on her pumpkin. And her brother, Rafe, 6, said the pumpkin painting was the most fun thing at the event.
But for Isabelle Neville, 8, throwing a hula hoop around the scarecrow was the most fun.
"It was my favorite because I won," she said.
Her cousin, Rozlyn Neville, 6, liked the apple toss the most.
When Cade Jessop, 4, threw the hula-hoop around the tall scarecrow, it kind of surprised him, but he said he was happy he did it.
"I am so glad to see so many people coming to these things," said Ruth Jones, who served on the committee for the first-time event.
"We started with a 5K and wanted to do more. We want to get that small-town feeling back. That is what we are striving for."
Among folks lined up for the 5K run at the south end of the park was Joseph Roylance dressed as if he were in a shower -- complete with the shower head. The five-year Kaysville resident joked as he explained why he was dressed as if in a shower.
"I have done a lot of runs, and I am always stinky afterward. This way, I will stay fresh while I run," Roylance said.
Of the entire event, he said, "It's awesome. ... The city has a good community feel."
Todd Haggard and his family also were in the 5K run. They had done the beanbag toss and pop-bottle ring toss before the race.
"We didn't do the food, but maybe we will do that after the run," Haggard said as he took off running.
Cooper Peters, 7, had his name drawn to enter the pie-eating contest, and he won the event. As he received his prize and jumped off the stage, he yelled, "I'm a winner!"
And although he was a winner there, he said he thought the games were more fun.
Nathan Curd, 12, and Connor Jensen, 11, went to the stage where the Utah Jazz Dancers were helping with the pie-eating contest. Both of them wanted to talk with and have their picture taken with the Jazz Dancers.
Why did they want to do that?
" 'Cause they are hot!" Nathan said, with Connor saying he wanted to talk with them for the same reason.
Nathan said talking with the Jazz Dancers was probably the highlight of his evening.
Chris Castro, who oversaw the pumpkin painting, said 100 pumpkins were available for decorating, but that wasn't enough and people were turned away.
People had gathered before the main event began to construct scarecrows that were part of the decorations. Everything was free except for the food.
A Monster Mash Dance was held in the evening, so there was something for everyone during the day's festivities.