Alachua’s Trick-or-Treat on Main Street was a popular Halloween destination for costumed youngsters to gather sweets from merchants located downtown.ALACHUA – There was no shortage of superheroes, princesses and witches in Alachua Monday night as thousands of Halloween fun seekers flooded the downtown area during the city’s annual Trick-or-Treat on Main Street event from 6 – 8 p.m.
The downtown area’s Scarecrow Row, which has been decorated for weeks, set the stage with costumed scarecrows adorning lampposts along the winding street, greeting visitors along the way.
Trick-or-treaters, including young and old alike, dressed in their spookiest or most creative costumes, joined in the festivities. Buoyed by the upbeat atmosphere permeating the downtown area, youngsters, families and friends scuttled back and forth along both sides of Main Street, from one end to the other, trick-or-treating door-to-door in search of sweet treats from local businesses.
Highlights of the evening included the announcement of Scarecrow Row winners and costume contests sponsored by the Alachua Chamber of Commerce. A long line formed outside the haunted house jointly sponsored by the Alachua Chamber of Commerce and the Alachua Police Explorers. As the courageous waited to be beckoned into the darkened building by a ghoulish zombie, shrieks of horror forewarned of the frightening experience to come. A few steps away, an historic house transformed into a pirate’s lair was a popular spot to catch a glimpse of ghostly pirates and listen to a pirate’s chantey. At the Alachua County Today building, spooky music, laser lights and blow-up monsters added to the festive atmosphere.
City of Alachua Recreation Director Hal Brady and Alachua Vice-Mayor Ben Boukari, Jr., delivered the much anticipated announcement naming the winners of Scarecrow Row. This year’s winners were Capital City Bank in first place, D.W. Ashton Catery in second place and Andrews Paving in third place.
Costume contestants were divided into age groups, and Alachua Chamber of Commerce President Jim Brandenburg called each of the groups to the stage for viewing by the judges as camera flashes illuminated an assortment of characters. In the Pre-K category, the winner was Vincent Tarallo, dressed as Raggedy Andy. The winner in the K- 2nd grade division was Elliott Browne, dressed as King Tut. In the 3rd – 5th grade division the winner was Alexis Greenberg, dressed as a shower curtain. In grades 6-8, the winner was Kacie Geelhoed, dressed as a can-can girl. In the high school through adult category, winners were Robert Ferry, Meghan Abernathy, and Gaura Ely, dressed as Scooby Doo.
Trick-or-Treat on Main Street is a longtime annual event sponsored by the Alachua Chamber of Commerce and City of Alachua offering children a safe environment to enjoy Halloween festivities. It is one of a series of events taking place in downtown Alachua during the fall season, along with the Alachua Harvest Festival sponsored by the Alachua Business League, Shop - Dine - Stroll sponsored by the Alachua Chamber of Commerce and the Alachua Christmas Parade sponsored by the City of Alachua and the Alachua Chamber of Commerce.
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