Business owners on Marysville’s Third Street came out in their costumes to greet trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

The event is an annual tradition for the Downtown Marysville Merchants Association which encourages families and children to come down to get candy.

The business owners said that the event is a way to provide something fun for the community.

“We love the community. We do this community outreach because they give to us all year, so it’s fun to give back,” said Lorene Wren, owner of Wrenhaven Vintage Market.

Local parent Veronica Rangel said that it was a good way to go trick-or-treating with her family.

“I think it’s really neat. It’s fun, I like it,” she said.

The event was a little slower this year with fewer kids on Third Street, which could have been because of weather concerns or because of some trouble with the signage for the event this year, said Karen Nitkey, owner of Le Vintage Finds.

She said that the business owners enjoy putting on the yearly tradition for Marysville families.

“I do it every year because we just love having the kids down here. It’s a safe environment and it’s just a good part of the community,” said Nitkey.

She said that the downtown business owners want the Third Street trick-or-treating to be part of the community.

Local merchants also said that they enjoy seeing the kids in their costumes come down for Halloween and kids came down this year as cartoon characters, pirates, ghosts and other Halloween classics.

“We find it’s a really good way to give back to the community and the kids are just so darling,” said Mary Kirkland, owner of the downtown Hilton Pharmacy.

Kirkland said she enjoys dressing up and getting to interact with all the families and children who stop by for the annual trick-or-treating.

“It’s really fun to have all of those young people down here on Third Street,” she said.

Wren agreed that she enjoyed seeing all the families come down to Third Street and getting to hand out candy for local kids and seeing their costumes.

“It’s fun to see all the kids in their cute, little costumes,” she said. Her favorite part was seeing the kids and their parents. “It’s fun to see them, especially when their parents come dressed up too,” she added.

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