Trick-or-Treat on Main Street in downtown Elkin is popular on Oct. 31, however this year the street closings brought an overwhelming number of participants.
Although businesses and homes along Main Street previously expected upwards of 700 trick-or-treaters, this year they numbered more than 1,000 with many businesses closing up early or sending out for more treats.
“We ran out of candy super-fast,” said Michael Popp of Southern On Main as he passed out breadsticks in lieu of sweets as he waiting for more candy to arrive.
“It’s the candy fairy,” said Kevin Carter of the Elkin Fire Department as more treats arrived just as he passed out his last piece.
“We ran out of candy twice,” said Larry Irwin of Elk Pharmacy, “but someone’s going to go get some more. I think it’s great to have this many people come downtown and enjoy themselves.”
Some of those people came from a much farther distance than anyone expected.
“This thing is awesome,” said Nelson Wills from Florida, who was in town with his grandchildren. “For safety for the kids in this day and age, every town in the whole world should have something like this. It’s absolutely fantastic.”
“It’s perfect,” agreed Marie Weir from New Jersey, who with father Wills was in Roaring Gap for a family reunion. “It’s perfectly safe. There’s little places [to go in]. This is awesome.”
Although they enjoyed it, Downtown Trick-or-Treat was less than awesome for some merchants.
“They were coming in waiting for me to even set up. It’s 7:30 and I have run out,” said Serena Martin with Vestal Auctions, “and I was giving one piece at a time.
“It’s insane,” said Martin, who distributed more than 1,000 pieces of candy. “I am wore out.”
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