It should be a night for witches, werewolves and goblins.

It will more than likely be a night of super heroes, cheerleaders and Disney princesses.

A Trick-or-Treater from last year's Spooktacular celebration.

A Trick-or-Treater from last year’s Spooktacular celebration.

The annual Ashland Halloween “Spooktacular” at the Ashland Optimist Club. The event will be held from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and is free for all ghosts and goblins.

According to organizer Ernie Wren, the event was a success last year and the Optimists wanted to host the community-wide event again.

“It provides a safe and fun family event for the community,” Wren said. “It brings together different community businesses and organizations for the kids.”

The Optimist Club will also be the spot for the annual Boone County Journal Halloween photos. Each child – or groups of children – will have a free photo published in the Journal on Nov. 2.

Now in its 16th year, the Journal Halloween photos have been a promotion unique to Southern Boone County.

“We have some kids we have seen grow up in the pages of the Journal Halloween pages,” said publisher Bruce Wallace. “We enjoy seeing some of the same families every year.”

About 225 children typically have their pictures in the pages of the Journal in their Halloween costumes.

In addition to last year’s fun, the City of Ashland will have a haunted house on the stage of the Optimist Club gym. “It will be a child-friendly Halloween experience,” Wren said.

Wren said last year there was about a dozen businesses and this year the event has grown to more than 20 businesses and organizations would be participating.

“We are looking forward to a great time,” Wren said.