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|Downtown Trick-or-Treating for Galesburg Youth
|It's grown again. An annual safe trick-or-treating alternative for Galesburg and other local youth has likely hit another milestone.
The Galesburg Business Association says they were poised to have 2,100 kids for its annual "Treat Street" event downtown Saturday. Businesses opened up their doors to young ones dressed in costume getting an early start on trick-or-treating ahead of Wednesday. That means in the four years the event has been put on, the number of participants has tripled.
The GBA's Dennis Case tells WGIL his business, Casey's Party Creations, was the starting point, and tried something different this year.
"This year, we actually changed it a little bit; we had two lines come in [the store], so the line moved much quicker, which saved [kids] from being out in the cold for quite so long," Case said.
Case says he thinks the cold might have kept some people away, but at 10am Saturday, there was a long line preparing to enter his store.
He tells WGIL if you're a downtown business, it's hard to say no to participating in an event like this.
"It is a little on the expensive side," Case said. "When you're buying treats for two-thousand kids, it does get a little bit pricey. But, it's all worth it, just for the goodwill of the community, and to give the kids a safe trick-or-treating experience."
For the first time, Galesburg's Orpheum Theatre got involved by showing a free movie at the end of Saturday's event -- one of a number of Halloween-themed movies shown throughout the day there, culminating with the raucous "Rocky Horror Picture Show."
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