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Downtown DeKalb hosts an early trick-or-treat night

DeKALB – Ashanti Rainey and his son had a blast trick-or-treating a week before Halloween.

Rainey and his son, Cole, 11, as did many others, walked Thursday evening down Lincoln Highway between First and Third streets during the “Downtown DeKalb’s Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular” in search of candy and to spot creative costumes.

“It’s a joy to get to walk outside,” Rainey said. “It’s early Halloween. We get to see some cool costumes.”

Cole agreed with his dad.

“It’s awesome to see the really cool costumes, and it’s really fun to get candy before Halloween,” said Cole, who like his dad was dressed as a ninja.

Peter Davies walked down the street with his sons, Peter Jr., and Ben, 8. Peter Jr. was dressed as the character Dwight Schrute from “The Office,” and Ben was dressed as “The Flash.”

“We get a chance to see downtown, and we really enjoy it,” Davies said. “Everybody’s really friendly.”

Both of Davies’ sons said they were out for the sweet treats.

“I love candy,” said Ben. “I love seeing my friends.”

Elizabeth Petro, who was volunteering from Northern Illinois University, was giving out candy outside of Tapa La Luna.

Petro said she liked doing it.

“I think it’s great,” Petro said. “I didn’t know it was a thing.”

She said the best costume she saw was from the Jurassic Period.

“I saw a dinosaur,” Petro said. “That was pretty cool.”

Jace Pesina, who works as a bartender and during special events at Byers Brewing Company said he really likes the Spooktacular, for two reasons.

“It’s a two-fold thing,” he said. “It lets us interact with the community and the kids, which is awesome. Also it exposes the adults to DeKalb.”

Pesina said he’s lived in DeKalb for about 20 years and he’s seen a lot of business come and go. But an event like Thursday evening’s trick-or-treat event on Lincoln Highway shows off the town’s improvements.

Tom Schmidt, owner of Hometown Sports Bar and Grill, and its expansion “Stage Left by Hometown Sports Bar & Grill,” said he loves seeing the whole town participate in community events.

“We need more of those,” he said. “Anytime you get the whole community in on something, it results in a nice turnout.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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