Candy shortage can be blamed on Halloween on Trade

Published on Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Candy shortage can be blamed on Halloween on Trade

Jim Fair

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Julie McCombs

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Julie McCombs

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Julie McCombs

Trade Street weighs a lot less today.

What appeared to be thousands of kids, lining both sides of Trade Street, parts of Poinsett and side streets School, Randall and Victoria emptied tubs and hundreds of bags of candy and 30 pounds of pop corn kernels popped as fresh popcorn.

It was the largest turnout for Halloween on Trade.

Downtown Greer was a fashion hub for Halloween costumes representing virtually every imaginable princess, super hero, cartoon characters and villain on planet earth. A three-layer cake waltzed down Trade while an infant dressed as an old lady complete with white hair (cotton balls), glasses, and a broach pinned to an elderly-styled sweate was a hit with many.

Dance Visions performed a variety of dances to entertain a large segment of the crowd.

The best seats of the evening were outdoors diners at BIN112 who enjoyed the parade of children.

There are still two days remaining until Halloween on Saturday.

Here are some reminders for trick or treaters traveling to their destination or walking through neighborhoods.

• Be on alert for children running in between parked cars and crossing the street in the middle of the block.

• Avoid tailgating. The car in front of you may be following along with children as they trick-or-treat.

• Use your car’s hazard lights to alert other drivers if you are dropping off your children.

• Avoid distractions while driving. Turn the radio off, put away the smart phone and pull over if you need to direct attention to kids in the back seat. 

• Remember to slow down, especially in residential areas. It's not worth jeopardizing your safety or the safety of our children.

• Leave early. From school and local park district activities to neighborhood and family parties, Halloween can be an action-packed day. Leave yourself plenty of time so you don't have to rush. Ten or fifteen extra minutes can make a big difference.

• Encourage your children to carry a flashlight or wear reflective gear on their costume so they are more visible to people who are driving.




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