"They couldn't believe we had that type of a turnout," Cavender said.
While Cavender didn't have exact attendance totals, he said more than $1,000 worth of art was sold at the horror-themed art show "ArtMares" and said that "the streets were packed. The bars were packed" for HallowEast's costume pub crawl.
"We've gotten a lot of positive feedback," Cavender said. "We're going to bring it all back next year."
HallowEast has grown each year since its start five years ago, Cavender said. Groce has the same hope for FestivALL Fall, which is still fairly new to Charleston. This year was its second.
"The only thing I can compare it to is the first few years of FestivALL itself," Groce said, referring to the 10-day-long summer festival featuring arts and entertainment.
In its infancy, FestivALL brought between 10,000 and 15,000 visitors to Charleston, Groce said. That number has since grown to more than 60,000.
"That took nine years," Groce said. "If you're going to start something new, then you've got to be persistent. [Then] people get the idea that something's going."
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