Downtown merchants keep Halloween event alive

SANDUSKY Children could still be able to get their sugar rush by visiting Sandusky's downtown mercha
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Children could still be able to get their sugar rush by visiting Sandusky's downtown merchants on Halloween.

After six years the Main Street Association will not host this Halloween's downtown Trick or Treat event, where children receive candy and parents get to browse area businesses, but individual merchants will be handing out candy.

Main Street says its official event will return.

"We still have plans to do the event next year, even larger," said John Lippus, executive director of the Main Street Association.

He said the association talked about it at meetings and a few members went to the businesses who had participated before, but they did not hear back from enough participating merchants for it to make sense for them to host it again.

Lippus said while merchant participation has been good in the past, it declined last year. This year, the response the association received was even lower.

Some local merchants, not willing to put the event into a coffin, are fighting to bring back the spirits of ghosts and the sparkle to the crowns worn by little princesses. They were scrambling Monday to recruit downtown businesses to continue handing out candy on Halloween from noon to 3 p.m.

Any participating business will have displayed an orange rectangle sign advertising them as participants.

Two businesses who plans to hand out candy is Mr. Smith's Coffee Shop and Lilli's and Friends Antiques & Collectibles.

Sara Beard, owner of Mr. Smith's Coffee Shop, said merchants started to talk to one another Monday to see if they can salvage the event.

"Turns out more people wanted to do it than realized," Beard said. "They were either to busy or didn't realize they had to RSVP."

She said there was definitely a desire among the merchants she spoke to have something for the kids.

Ann Gallagher-Goat of Lilli's and Friends said Beula the Witch will be on display at the front of the store to greet the kids, complete with scary noises and lighted eyes.

"You hate to see tradition die. It's always nice when someone steps in and says lets salvage this," Gallagher-Goat said.