SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Creatures of the night, superheroes, and all kinds of critters invaded the Roundtree neighborhood on Wednesday night.
"It started out about 15 years ago just as a couple of families that were trick-or-treating together," said resident Chris Burns.
But since then, the annual Halloween parade has grown into a monster.
"We usually have a thousand trick or treaters that come through here. It is crazy," Burns said.
The city decided the event is no longer just a block party, but a parade. The Springfield Police Department told organizers, if the procession were to continue, the neighborhood would have to take out a permit, insurance, and pay for police protection where the route crosses busy Grand Street.
City spokeswoman Cora Scott says the issue is about safety, and the risk of having such a large amount of people crossing a busy street. Scott said the crowd could have used a nearby crosswalk with a stoplight to get across, but the organizers expressed reservations about breaking up the procession in such a manner.