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Pirates, princesses pilfer candy on Gainesville square

POSTED: November 5, 2007 5:03 a.m.

Football players in all their gridiron glory, booty-pilfering pirates, pouty-lipped princesses and even ever-elusive superheroes appeared Wednesday in downtown Gainesville.

All were attending the city’s annual Trick-Or-Treat on the Square sponsored by Main Street Gainesville and downtown businesses.

While Spider-Man, Harry Potter and Piglet took a trip around the square on a train, Tigger and Superman took to the sky on the Moonwalk. Princesses got their faces painted, and pirates could be seen searching for treasure on the sidewalks.

Nine-year-olds Shannon Waddell and Mae Musselwhite, students at Lakeview Academy, were among this year’s trick-or-treaters. Despite the many activities available on the square, the girls came only for the candy.

The respective queen of the Nile and skeleton made their rounds on the square’s candy circuit before heading to their neighborhoods for more treats.

Neither girl had plans to hoard candy, and they said most of it should be eaten by the end of the week.

"I might save some of it," Waddell said. "Maybe one piece."

Around 5 p.m., three pigs in a blanket arrived on the scene: Spencer Jorgensen, 11, his brother Dylan, 8, and their neighbor William O’Connor, 8. The pigs complained that they had not gotten enough candy this year since they arrived late to the event.

"We are always the ones that get the least candy," Dylan Jorgensen said.

Some superheroes and cartoon dignitaries were also in attendance. There were sightings of Spider-Man, the Incredibles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bob the Builder and Supergirl.

However, going along with the nature of superheroes and celebrities, Supergirl was shy and declined to comment on the event.



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