BY LINDSAY HOWARD
The square was filled with wizards, cowboys, and princesses Tuesday, Oct. 29, as downtown Gainesville hosted Trick-or-Treat on the Square.
Businesses on the square opened their doors from 4-6 p.m., giving out candy to trick-or-treaters.
“We’ve always done it. We like to give back to the community every year,” Lizzy, a Rahab’s Rope employee, said.
Cherry-O the clown and friends were front and center on the square doing face painting and making balloon animals for the kids.
Costume contests for a variety of age groups started at 5 p.m., and winners from each age group, 0-4, 5-8 and 9-13 were chosen.
“This is the first year we’ve done it in a while, and we’re excited to be back and to be a part of the community,” said Robyn Lynch of Main Street Gainesville, the organizer.
In addition to the local businesses, the Gainesville Police Department had a booth set up and was giving out candy.
Scarecrows also decorated the square. The scarecrow contest has been going on since Oct. 15 and will continue through Halloween. Pictures of the scarecrows have been posted on the Downtown Gainesville Facebook page, and likes have been used as votes.
Winners for the contest will be announced on Oct. 31.