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Riverside Drive neighbors prepare for a candy extravaganza
Residents stockpile candy for the crowds of trick-or-treaters who will show up on their doorstep
1030Halloween
The Williams family decorates its Riverside Drive home with headstones, spiderwebs and caution tape. It may be quiet now, but on Halloween night the neighborhood will be teeming with trick-or-treaters.

Most days of the week you can drive down Riverside Drive in Gainesville and it's very quiet. You might see a few people running or someone walking a dog.

But as Halloween approaches, many who live on the picturesque street start getting a little anxious.

They all know they are coming - the crowds of trick-or-treaters, that is.

"We buy a bag each time we go to the grocery store," said Marty Jones, who lives on Riverside Drive. She has bought 10 to 12 bags of candy so far.

Which is one reason that this Gainesville neighborhood is one of the most popular on Halloween.

Jones said she thinks families drive over to the Riverside Drive area just to trick-or-treat with their children. The homes are large but spaced not too far apart, the sidewalks are wide and the candy is plentiful - as long as you're early.

Even with the slew of children to come, Jones doesn't skimp on the Halloween candy because she said when she was young she hated the cheap stuff.

"I buy the chocolate candy, M&M's and things like that," she said. "We run out of candy. My girls get home and actually pass out their candy. Sometimes we turn our light out and they still come. It's like they don't pay attention - even the big kids come, teenagers."

Just down the street, the home of Melissa and Gordon Williams is decorated with skeletons, caution tape, headstones and spider webs.

"We love Halloween," said Corey Holloway, one of the Williams children. "Last year we hung body parts."

Holloway, 13, and great-grandmother Gail Dilbeck agreed that Melissa really has to stock up on the candy.

"I think she has bought about 10 bags," Dilbeck said. "My granddaughter thoroughly enjoys it and the children do, too. Last year there were bales of hay and each member of the family stuffed and sitting on there with pumpkins and flower arrangements."

Holloway said even with the 10 bags of candy, they are sure to run out. But until then, the family is prepared.

"That's why we have these big buckets," Holloway said.

The entire family at the Williams home dresses up for the spooky holiday, except for Gordon, who stays home and passes out the candy.

"I'm a bat-thing ... I have wings and they go 8 feet apart," Holloway said. "I pull these strings and they (the wings) pop out. My mom dresses up ... she's usually something weird and nasty."

Another popular area for trick-or-treaters is in the southern part of the county at Sterling on the Lake.

Kevin and Michelle McAllorum go all out each year to frighten others in the community. They synchronize the lights, music and other spooky decorations with a radio show that families can tune to in their car. The home is located at 7945 Gooseneck Place in Flowery Branch.

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