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Record crowd of trick-or-treaters descends on the District

Chase Cookson, 3, dressed as Tigger, appears to dig into his sister Gracie's candy bucket during Trick 'r Treating through The District on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. 18 locations in The District hosted the free trick 'r treating event. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 27, 2018 5:40 pm

QUINCY -- Super heroes joined with the usual cast of ghost, goblins and spooks as a record crowd turned out for Trick or Treat Through the District on Saturday.

Candice Bretz, 8, was a gladiator princess. In case there was trouble, she was accompanied by younger sisters dressed as Supergirl, Batgirl and Princess Anna from the movie Frozen.

"We like this because we can come out during the day, and we can trust the candy," said Jonica Bretz.

Kelsey Deters, assistant director of the District, said there were more than 600 trick-or-treaters at the event sponsored by Quincy Medical Group. In addition to more than two dozen downtown shops giving out candy or non-food items, Saturday was the last farmers market of the season and several of the vendors had candy or other things for the children and stayed open into the afternoon.

"The weather has been great," Deters said.

Taylor Uppinghouse, who was running a coffee, hot chocolate and hot cider stand, said this was the biggest crowd she's seen for the annual event.

"Last year was really cold, and this year it was more organized," said Uppinghouse, who will soon be 15 and has run her vendor booth for nine years.

On Saturday she was handing out "eyeballs" and glow sticks to the trick-or-treaters.

While the kids enjoyed the treats and other things they collected, the adults were impressed with the costumes.

"There was a very young boy this morning dressed up like the Greatest Showman and Elton John was here and a lot of super heroes," Deters said.

Uppinghouse said the giant T. Rex was one of the most memorable.

Bordering Washington Park, Amber Hamann of Hamann Farms was dressed as a female scarecrow as she tended the family booth.

"I thought everybody was going to dress up. I think I got punked," Hamann said.

She said if there was one thing that stood out among the costumes, it was the talent with which many of them were crafted.

"There was a troll that was great," Hamann said.

If there was a trend, it may have revolved around the viral children's song "Baby Shark."

Deters said vendors in the District were especially mindful of food allergies this year and maps that guided families to trick-or-treat sites were marked with teal pumpkins for places that offered something other than food.

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