NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – While children are preparing their Halloween costumes, businesses and residents are getting their candy bowls ready. In downtown Northampton, they have been holding an annual event called “Downtown Trick or Treat” since 2002. About 50-75 businesses participate in the Halloween fun.
Thousands of people show up every year in costume, and it’s not always just the kids that have the expectation to get some candy treats.
Captain Candy at Thornes Marketplace purchases candy in bulk for some local businesses, to keep their jars full.
“We get thousands of people downtown, adults and children alike fully dressed in costume having a great time. It’s like a party, and it’s one of my favorite things that happen downtown,” Jody Doele of the marketing department at Thornes Marketplace said.
Lindsay Doak of Northampton is one of the many people getting excited for the holiday. “We’ve bought a ton of candy and eaten a lot of candy, and we are going to the Rag Shag event in Florence on Saturday and then we’ll be trick or treating down there,” Doak said.
Some businesses, including Herrell’s Ice Cream, will be offering non-candy gifts, so that people with food allergies, or those without a sweet tooth, can still participate.
Downtown Trick or Treat goes from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Saturday.