As the leaves fall each year, here in Irvington a certain excitement settles in with witches and ghost tours until the blessed day of the Annual Halloween Festival. This year was no different than the 70 years before. The week long festival started with Jack the Ripper joining the Masquerade Ball held at the Ice House. The festivities ran through the week leading up to the street fair on Saturday. Nancy Tindall-Sponsel, Halloween Festival Director, described the festivities as “Even with the weather not cooperating the community came out to support the festival to the tune of 40,000 people. It goes to show how deeply loved this Eastside tradition is.”