Downtown comes alive with super costumes
by Wes Mayer
Hundreds of tiny monsters, superheroes, witches, princesses and more crowded the sidewalks of Newnan’s Court Square and surrounding business district Thursday morning, walking among the shops and offices and getting their buckets filled with Halloween treats.
“It’s just a blessing to do,” said Maridee Wise at Goldens on the Square restaurant. “The kids look so sweet and cute, and it’s a tradition now.”
Each Halloween, Main Street Newnan sponsors the Munchkin Masquerade in downtown. From 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, children of all shapes and sizes donned their costumes and paraded along the sidewalks with their parents — and business employees were more than happy to provide them with all the sweet treats they could ever want.
“Who wouldn’t love this?” said Cherie Bell at Bell’s Handcrafts. “This is our future. Let’s sugar them up,” she laughed.
“I just like to see the kids,” said Tammy Garner at C.S. Toggery. “They just smile and look so happy, and it makes me happy.”
A host of downtown Newnan merchants, businesses and offices participated in the event, along with the Newnan Police Department and Newnan Fire Department.
“We’re hanging out with the kids all month,” said Sgt. Bart Henson with the fire department. “October is fire safety month, so we spend all month going to schools and talking to them. But we love doing this.”
Although the youngsters received almost entirely treats, there were a few tricks downtown. There was a toy mouse inside the candy bucket outside Avery & Pope Wealth Management.
“When I was a kid, it was fun to get all dressed up and get candy,” said Kris Pope. “Now it’s fun to scare the kids with a mouse,” he joked.