Trick-or-Treating on Main Street in Mount Airy was bigger than ever, according to local business owners.
Thousands of children lined the sidewalks of Main Street and the surrounding area in hopes of filling their buckets with candy and winning the costume contest, supported and judged by members of the Downtown Business Association.
“This is the biggest crowd we have ever had,” said Gail Hiatt at Mount Airy Tractor Toyland.
Trick-or-treaters could be seen roaming the streets around 2:30 p.m. awaiting for businesses to set up outside their store fronts to hand out candy. The event was cheduled from 3-5 p.m., but with the early and heavy turnout, many stores began to run out of candy by 4 p.m.
Unique costumes were plentiful this year including puppets, life-like zombies and werewolves.
“I love to see families and friends gather downtown to celebrate together as a community,” said Lizzie Morrison, coordinator for Mount Airy Downtown Inc. Morrison was seen taking photos of various costumes during the event.
One boy, Jordan Cockerham, was asked to explain what he was to a store merchant to which he replied, “I have no idea.” He was dressed as a ninja assassin, a last-minute costume choice, according to his mother.
Various families dressed to match movie and TV characters such as The Little Mermaid, The Avengers, Shrek, Alice in Wonderland and Cat in The Hat.
One family went with a Dr. Seuss theme as the couple’s twin babies played the part of Thing 1 and Thing 2. Mom played the Cat in the Hat and dad was the Grinch.
Just as the streets began to settle and stores were running out of snacks, the costume contests began at the Carlos Jones Blue Ridge Park, sponsored by WSYD Radio.
Categories included pets, infant to 4 years of age, 5 to 8 years of age, 9 to 12 years, and family.
Seven dogs were judged by three members of the Downtown Business Association (DBA) board. A fairy dog, Elvis, pirate dog, bumble bee, wonder-dog and flower dog were among those competing. The winner: pirate dog.
Taking home the prize in the category infant to four years of age was Emma Renee, playing a cabbage patch doll. Her stroller was the frame for the box in which she sat.
All five categories combined saw nearly 100 participants compete. Each winner was given a board game. Other competitors were given free kids meals to local restaurants.
Phil Marsh, chair for the DBA, stated, “This is really tough,” when talking to the judges about choosing a winner.
The costume contest was completed by 5:30 p.m. The goblins and princesses began to retreat back to their cars to indulge in candy after a record-breaking trick-or-treating fest in Downtown Mount Airy.
Morrison said she hopes the community will remember the generosity of the downtown merchants this holiday season and “shop local” when buying gifts.