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Families trick or treat in downtown M'ville

 

November 8, 2017

Christopher Andersson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Ilyria Torres, left, receives some Halloween candy from Marissa Cornish, co-owner of the Third Street Marketplace, at the Marysville Trick or Treat on Third Street on Oct. 31.

Families and kids came to downtown Marysville on Halloween day to trick or treat with businesses as part of the annual Trick or Treat on Third Street.

The Downtown Marysville Merchants Association hosts the annual event and encourages local businesses to hand out candy to any trick-or-treaters who stop by during the event.

Families come down to the event to have a convenient place to trick or treat for an hour.

Local parent Alexandria Torres has come to Third Street for trick-or-treating for three years in a row now.

"It's good, we like it," she said. "It's daytime, it's safe and there's no scariness," she said.

Local parent Kat Pelos said she likes that there are a lot of businesses handing out candy and, unlike going out into residential neighborhoods, it's not unclear whether or not candy is being given out.

"This is awesome. In our neighborhood we never get trick or treaters," she said.

Pelos' son Augustine enjoyed his first Halloween out this year.

"This is his first year going around so it's definitely awesome to have this place to come down to," she said.

Business owners often dress up and give out many pieces of candy to the community to get into the spirit of the day.

"I like it, it's great," said Thad Ekle, owner of USTA Martial Arts in downtown Marysville. "It's all centralized in one location. It's easy access for everyone and they know it's safe."

Community members and kids get to see some of their local shop owners in a fun setting as well.

"I think they like the fact they can come in and see people they see throughout the week when their moms come in and shop, and now they come down here and see us acting like kids," said Marissa Cornish, co-owner of the Third Street Marketplace.

Cornish is a new business owner in the area who rented the former Carr's Hardware location.

"This is a way to welcome people into our store. They still think we're the hardware store so they come in and say 'wait a minute,'" she said.

This is their first Halloween with the store and Cornish said she wanted to participate in the annual event to get to know the community better and as a way to provide a fun event for local families.

"We really want to participate because it's Halloween and it's fun, but it's also a service to the community and we like that we can be a part of it," she said.

 

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