HAGERSTOWN — There were no shadowy tunnels, soaring spires or dizzying suspension bridges — the usual backdrops for comic book crime fighters.
There was, however, a balloon bounce, a bat cave and a room filled with enough caped crusaders to fill Gotham City.
Wack! Bam! Pow!
It was Superheroes Day.
About 400 people, including 200 children, participated in a family-friendly themed party Saturday afternoon at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.
The event was sponsored by the Washington County Recreation Department.
Open to children 9 years old and younger, Superhero Day was a follow-up to last year's Princess Party, program coordinator Marsha Moats said.
And like last year's event, the response was "better than expected," she said.
"There's been a lot of excitement about Superheroes Day since it was first announced," Moats said. "We're finding that the family-oriented special events we offer are a huge success."
Moats said children in attendance were encouraged to dress up like their favorite superhero.
And in the superhero universe, there was a lot to pick from. Well represented were Batman, as well as his sidekick Robin, Superman, Spider-Man, Ninja Turtles, Captain Planet, Power Rangers and Iron Man — just to name a few.
Activities included themed activities and games, including an obstacle course, a Superman moon bounce and a magic show.
Children also could have their photo taken with superheroes, including Batman and Spider-Man, as well as local firemen and law enforcement officers.
The event concluded with a superheroes parade.
Tammy Wolfe of Boonsboro said her 3-year-old son, Preston, loves superheroes and was excited about attending Saturday's event.
Dressed as Batman, Preston was busy getting his photo taken with some of the superheroes who greeted the children.
"He's having so much fun," Wolfe said. "He loves it."
Also attending was Alexis Brown, 4, who was accompanied by her parents, Scott and Debbi Brown of Hagerstown.
"She doesn't watch the cartoon shows with all of the characters, but she enjoys dressing up like them," Debbi Brown said.
Alexis, who wore a Supergirl costume, also attended last year's Princess Party.
"These are fun events," her mother said. "Plus, it gives her an excuse to dress up."
Erica Weidman of Hagerstown, said her 5-year-old son, Adon, had been excited about the event since he woke up Saturday morning.
"He kept asking, — Is it time to go yet,'" she said.
Weidman said her son loves all of the superheroes, including Spiderman, Batman and Iron Man, but he decided to dress up as Wolverine.
"He's having a blast," she said.
Because of the success of the dress-up events, Moats said the recreation department is planning to offer another Princess Party later this year.
"We've had so many calls from people wondering if it would be offered again," she said. "We definitely want to do it again. Families really love these programs."