By Teri L. Hansen
It’s that time of year again, when ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses parade down McPherson’s main thoroughfare. During McPherson Main Street’s Trick or Treat Down Main Street, kids will traipse around threatening tricks and begging for treats, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24. Or of course, until the candy runs out.
“I plan on 1,000 to 1,500 kids and buy accordingly,” McPherson Main Street Executive Director Ann Engel said.
For more than 17 years, McPherson Main Street has invited its residents big and tall, old and small to join in this Halloween happy time.
“We welcome businesses and organizations from all over the community, not just those located on Main Street. The Plaza at Main and Marlin is available for businesses to set up, as well as multiple locations on Main Street,” Engel said. “Some even back their vehicles into a parking stall and do a ‘trunk-or-treat.’ They hand out candy, information and things like glow sticks or bags.”
From the 300 block of South Main to the 300 block of North Main Street, businesses from across the city hand out goodies in this spooky celebration of community.
“Wear your costumes, adults and kids, and bring a smile, a thank you and a container for all the goodies you will receive,” Engel said. “It is a safe place for your kids to trick or treat.”
McPherson Main Street is a non-profit dedicated to the betterment of the downtown McPherson area. It is a membership-based organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. Trick or Treat Down Main Street is just one of the many events they plan and promote.
“We plan many events in the Downtown area throughout the year and we are very appreciative of the support of our members and the community,” Engel said. “Our goal is to continue to raise awareness of the products and services that our local businesses offer.”
So support your community, promote safety and get some goodies on Oct. 24 at McPherson Main Street’s Trick or Treat Down Main Street event.
“It is a great community opportunity to have a safe place for the kids to trick or treat,” Engel said. “It brings people downtown and we hope they will come back again and support these businesses.”