Hundreds trick or treat in downtown Vinton
VINTON–For over 25 years, merchants in Vinton have invited children to trick or treat in the downtown business area. Again this Halloween, portions of Lee, Jackson, and Walnut Avenues and Pollard Street were blocked off on October 31 while youngsters visited stores to collect candy. Over 1,700 turned out despite the cold winds.
Merchants, churches, and community organizations from the corridor areas of Vinton also set up booths and tables on the downtown streets so they could participate in the event.
Children decked out for Halloween, often accompanied by adults in costume, arrived in droves from 2:30 p.m. until 4:45. Over 30 businesses and organizations provided treats.
Bedrock Community Church kept the popcorn popping from start to finish, serving over 1,000 people, and donated coloring books in addition to the popcorn.
Local business owners, their employees, and Town Staff decorated storefronts and dressed in costume. The Town’s Finance Department hosted a child-friendly “haunted house” inside the Municipal Building.
In years past, from 1600 to 1800 trick-or-treaters have taken part in the event which gives children a safe place to trick or treat, and gives downtown businesses exposure.
“Businesses are delighted to have citizens and visitors come and see what they have to offer,” said Mary Beth Layman, Director of Special Programs for the Town of Vinton. The Town co-sponsors the event each year with the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce.