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Downtown square is hot spot today for trick-or-treaters

Trick-or-treaters can head to the Gainesville square at 3 today to scare up candy from the downtown merchants.

The event will be 3-5 p.m., and many shops will set up outside to pass out goodies.

A costume contest also will be held at 4:30 p.m.

For all trick-or-treaters and anyone planning to be on the roads this evening, stay safe with these tips from local authorities.