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Superheros, princesses, pirates invade downtown

Trick or Treat on the Square held in Gainesville

POSTED: October 29, 2010 5:25 p.m.

Trick or Treat on the Square, Gainesville

SARA GUEVARA/The Times

Lana Woodward, right, 8, checks out the candy her friend Shelby Benjamin, 8, got while trick-or-treating Friday during Trick or Treat on the Square.

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Friday evening, a Ninja Turtle, Batman and a pirate rode a train around the downtown square and not one person was shocked by the sight.

Before you panic thinking strange creatures have invaded Gainesville just in time for Halloween, you should know Friday was the annual Trick or Treat on the Square.

"We came last year," said Madison Roberts, a 7-year-old Gainesville resident who was sporting a witch costume. "I hope I get some M&Ms."

Each year, downtown merchants set up shop outside and pass out goodies to hundreds of trick-or-treaters swarming the square.

Artists with Gallerie 110 decided to dress for the occasion.

"This is the first Halloween that our shop has been open, so we decided to dress up," said Lydia Ferguson, gallery artist and witch for a day.

"We're just excited to be here, and the kids are so cute."
Her fellow artist Patti Russell dressed up like a fortune teller.

"I see candy in your future," Russell said as she simultaneously rubbed her crystal ball and dropped treats into the waiting bags of a delighted Spiderman and piglet.

With Halloween falling on Sunday this year, there has been a lot of confusion about which day to go trick-or-treating.

Instead of choosing, many parents have decided to spread out the fun throughout the weekend.

"We'll probably go trick-or-treating Saturday and then go to a church event on Sunday," said Amy Massey, an Alto resident. "I think that's what most people are doing."

Gainesville resident Julie McNeal and her 5-year-old son Josiah McNeal also are planning to make it a weekendlong celebration, which kicked off at the downtown event.

"We have a home-school party (Saturday) and a lot of the churches are doing things Sunday, so we'll probably go to a couple of those too," McNeal said.

No matter which day you choose to scare up a few treats, Mother Nature isn't expected to dole out many tricks to wreak havoc on gossamer wings or superhero capes.

According to the National Weather Service, today's mostly clear forecast calls for a high of 68 degrees, light winds and an overnight low of 45 degrees.

Sunday's weather is expected to be sunny, with a high of 72 degrees and a low of 50 degrees.

 



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