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Trick or treaters descend on downtown Hastings
Trick or Treat. That's what hundreds of children said Wednesday afternoon while they were trick or treating in downtown Hastings.
Happy Halloween! Hundreds of trick or treaters are flooding the streets of downtown Hastings dressed in costume and ready for their candy.
Trick or Treat. It's those three little words that earn you a pumpkin full of candy.
This Halloween parents brought their children to trick or treat in downtown Hastings.
"We go to every building that has ...candy."
"We're out here going around to all the businesses. I think it's great, everybody hands out candy down here. It's a great community event. Really fun for the kids and the weather couldn't be better," said Jeff Crecilius.
"I'm taking Paisley and Isabella around for, Paisley's second Halloween and Isabella's first," said Amanda Dettwiler.
Employees lined the side streets handing out treats in front of their businesses.
"It's always fun to see all the different kids and just having them walk downtown it's fun. It brings the town to life, especially downtown," said Rebecca Wehnes, Back Alley Bakery.
And some of the businesses have been preparing for weeks.
"Because of the weather we're expecting a huge turnout of trick or treaters. So we've been getting ready for the last 6 weeks. Saving our day old cookies and wrapping them individually. We've got about 1500 of them ready," said Eileen's Cookies store manager Gabe Harman.
It's not just a fun tradition, some say trick or treating in downtown Hastings could be a safe alternative.
"I think it is safe and it's good to see all the parents out her because nowadays you just can't trust for your kids to be going around town by themselves," Dettwiler said.
"It's lit, it's during the day, you know people at the local businesses here. So it's just kind of that safe guard really of the known," Wehnes said.
"The kids are excited it's a great alternative rather than going door to door. It brings people downtown. It's a lot of fun," Harman said.
And it might just boost business.
"I think it's great exposure for the businesses downtown. It just brings everybody down here and maybe they find something they didn't know was down here," Crecilius said.
From cowboys, to princesses, to dragons and fireman there are all kinds of creative costumes.
It's not all treats in downtown Hastings; there's a few tricks if you look close enough. But at the end of the day everyone did end up happy and with lots of candy.
The trick or treating in downtown ended at 5:00 pm.
But Trunk or Treat is going on at the North Shore Assembly of God parking lot until 8:00.
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