Rain doesn’t keep tiny tots from trick-or-treating

Updated: Nov 8, 2018

by Sylene Argent

Despite the rainy and damp weather last Wednesday morning, around 100 youngsters showed off their creative Halloween costumes while trick-or-treating in the downtown business core during the Essex Centre BIA’s Tiny Tot Parade.

  The annual tradition invites local youth, under the age of four, a chanceto trick-or-treat during the day, while accompanied by an adult. Representatives of local businesses lined Talbot Street, from Laird Avenue to Victoria Avenue, to hand out candy to the many event participants.

  In addition, high school students from the grade 12 business class at Essex District High School dressed up in costume to hand out candy with the Essex Centre BIA. In appreciation for their help, the students received a pizza lunch back at the school before they returned to their studies.

  Though the event has a Halloween theme, it also provides an opportunity for families to walk the downtown area and do a little window shopping, while they connect with business owners.

  Though attendance was lower this year than in the past, due to the weather, the Essex Centre BIA was pleased so many families braved the unideal weather, with umbrellas in hand, to participate in the fall tradition.

  In addition to being a fun event, the children learned about the power of giving. The Essex Centre BIA asked participants to submit non-perishable food items in support of stocking shelves at local food banks, which will then assist local families and individuals experiencing economic hardships, to get food on the table.

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