Downtown Ringgold was hopping with ghosts and goblins 'aplenty this past Friday and Saturday nights as the annual Haunted Depot event welcomed its biggest opening weekend crowd in its 11-year history.

The event, which features the transformation of the historic Depot into a haunted house, ghost tours, and a hayride and bonfire, entertained nearly 2,000 people during the first two nights.

"It's been a great turnout," said City Manager Dan Wright. "We had our biggest crowd ever for the opening night and it's been a good start."

Put on by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the event offers a family-friendly community atmosphere that appeals to not only locals, but out-of-towners as well.

"This is our first time coming, and we just love it," said Barbara Shaffer, who drove up from Cartersville, Ga., with her family. "We love hometown-type festivals and things, and our family really gets into Halloween, so it's been a lot of fun here."

The annual spook fest will continue over the final two weekends of the month, Oct. 20-21 and 27-28.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.