The annual trick-or-treat outing sees hundreds of children visit downtown businesses each year to fill their bags or buckets with, what else — candy.
“I love candy,” said Breanna Ireland, 4, who was with her mother, Julie Goetz, as well as her friend Emma Williams and her mother, Karen Williams.
“My favorite part is getting candy and then eating it,” Emma Williams, 5, said.
The two girls were enjoying the Halloween spirit — Breanna was a ballerina while Emma dressed up as Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” — they also enjoyed each other’s company.
“It’s good because I get to do this with Emma,” Breanna said.
“I like playing with Breanna,” Emma said.
Spooky music was playing through the speakers outside of Johnny’s Pizza to provide a bit of Halloween atmosphere.
Many merchants had employees hand out candy in costume.
Shea Dale, Imagine Hair Art Studio manager, handed out candy with employees as the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.
“It’s been fun,” Dale said. “The best thing is to interact with the kids each year. Sometimes they don’t know what to think.”
Shelby Thrash was chaperoning her two younger brothers down Broad Street to get their fair share of goodies.
One brother, Wesley Bagley, 6, said he was dressed as Batman, “because Batman is cool.” The younger of the two, Kasey Thrash, 3, was in a Batman costume too.
“He wanted to be Batman because of Wesley,” Shelby Thrash said.
For his first time handing out candy for Wells Fargo, Michael Powell was discovering how many kids come out to Broad Street each year.
“I think I’m on my fifth bag of candy,” Powell said. “It’s been a great day for kids. I’ve seen a lot of smiles.”
Powell said it was good to see the kids come with their parents to celebrate Halloween and the special place that is Broad Street.
“It’s nice that we have a downtown area where people can come and be a part of a community like this,” he said.
Trick or treating also took place at Mount Berry Square mall Wednesday night.