Creepy crawlers and other characters fill streets of Deadweird

Things couldn't get any more weird this weekend, especially when you're at one of the region's largest Halloween Parties
and biggest costume contests.

Taking the phrase "dress to impress" to a whole new level for Halloween, along with a little gambling.

Lee Harstad, Director of the Deadwood Chamber Visitors Bureau, says "There's not too many places where you're going to sit down on a black jack table, have Dora the Explorer on your left and the rest of the table is full of werewolves so we're really fortunate and unique and I think that helps draw people in."
But at Deadweird, it's that that happens all weekend.

Nearly one thousand people making their way to the Historic Franklin Hotel for a chance to win one of the biggest Halloween Costume Contests in all of South Dakota.
A competition that raised the bar with more than $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Melody Dennis, a costume contest judge, says "We are looking for people who are having fun. We are looking for originality, we're looking for people who put a lot of thought and time into their costumes."

It's a place where singles, couples and groups of friends can let loose.

Jennifer Beckman, a contestant, says "We love Halloween, we live for Halloween so this is right up our alley."

Even the first timers go all out.

Beckman says "We're Alice and Wonderland so we all kind of took a different approach some are classic, some are new, some are whatever."

But all for a Halloween Experience that most will never forget.

Lee Harstad, Director of the Deadwood Chamber Visitors Bureau, says "Deadwood does things a little bit different and we certainly see that this weekend here at Deadweird.