Three-year-old Cooper Paul sat in his stroller, dressed in a fuzzy Tigger costume.
He reached into his orange pumpkin bucket and pulled out a “Lemon Head” candy. holding it in his small orange paw, he tried to bite the candy, before asking for help.
“Mommy, can you open this?” he looked up.
His mom, Lindsay, dug through his bucket and offered him a Twizzler instead.
“How about this one?” she asked.
Cooper was trick-or-treating with his mom and dad, Lindsay and Matthew Paul, and his older sister, Gretchen, 5, during the Downtown Spooktacular on Thursday. Gretchen was dressed as a witch.
The Pauls were also accompanied by a cousin, Aubrey Pfeiffer, and her one-year-old son, Andrew, who sported his Chicago Bears Brian Urlacher costume.
“I wanted him go trick-or-treating with his cousins,” said Aubrey Pfeiffer. “It’s just fun.”
The Downtown Spooktacular, Lindsay said, was a nice alternative for Halloween.
“I’d say any more it’s hard to go door to door trick-or-treating,” she said.
Gretchen enjoyed her time trick-or-treating, mostly because she received a lot of candy. She enjoyed both the candy and the opportunity to dress up.
“She’s been excited all week,” said Lindsay.
The Downtown Spooktacular is an annual tradition hosted by Logan’s Landing. This year, 18 businesses participated.
Becki Harris, the organization’s executive director, said there were several reasons for continuing the event.
“It’s a way to bring people downtown and give them something to do,” she said. “It’s also a safe place to go for the kids and draws attention to downtown business.”
For Harris, the best part of participating in the event is watching the kids walk by in their costumes. She commented on how creative some of the children were with their costume designs.
One of those creative costumes was worn by 9-year-old Moriah Marks, who was dressed as a monster picnic.
Around her neck, she fit a table made of cardboard. She painted her table and glued a variety of items on it, including plates and cups filled with gummy worms and fake bugs.
According to Moriah, her grandpa came up with the idea and she built it with her dad, Terry Marks. He said the table took about three hours to create and about eight hours to dry.
Moriah was trick-or-treating with her dad and her grandmother, Zona Marks.
“We’ve come before,” said Zona. “It’s a safe place.”
Terry Marks added the event was also well maintained by the participating businesses.
Moriah enjoyed the evening, especially all of the candy.
Her other favorite part?
“Seeing the costumes,” she said. “Sometimes, I like looking at the costumes and can’t walk straight.”
• Denise Massie is a staff writer at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.