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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Main Street, carnival offer kids a fun, safe holiday

  • Superheroes, ghouls and princesses took to the streets of McPherson Thursday night with two goals: Have fun and get lots of candy.
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  • Superheroes, ghouls and princesses took to the streets of McPherson Thursday night with two goals: Have fun and get lots of candy.
    Both Trick or Treat on Main Street and the Beta Sigma Phi Halloween Carnival took place Thursday. Businesses on Main Street provided candy for trick-or-treaters from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and the carnival ran from 6 to 8 p.m. The annual downtown candy walk is sponsored by McPherson Main Street Inc.
    Activities at the carnival included putt putt golf, treat bags, face painting, a costume contest, a cake walk and Face a Ninja, which gave kids the chance to spar with martial artists using foam clubs.
    The festival also had various tossing games, including a dart toss, penny tosses, a football toss and penny tosses.
    Chelsea Aichele, mother of two, said the events made it easier for her kids to have fun.
    “It's easier than going door-to-door and knocking on strangers’ doors,” Aichele said.
    Luke Aichele, Chelsea’s husband, said it was nice not having to worry about safety and see people in the community have fun together.
    “It gives kids a chance to trick or treat in a safe environment,” Luke Aichele said.
    Allison Craig, who was handing out candy at Main Street Deli, said she likes the Main Street environment.
    “I think it’s a really safe way for kids to go trick-or-treating,” Craig said.
    Though safety was on several adults’ minds, kids said they were in it for the fun. Wyatt Jonas, who dressed up as a minion from “Despicable Me,” said he liked pumpkins the best, and Allison Randa, dressed as a butterfly, said she liked dressing up and getting candy the most.
    Costumes included various superheroes and princesses, ghouls, animals and bananas. Others dressed up as dice, a Lego man and a creeper from “Minecraft” wearing a suit.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.
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