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Tiny tots excited to trick-or-treat


Sylene Argent

Hundreds of area youngsters showed off their creative Halloween costumes last Friday morning, despite the rainy weather, during the Essex Centre BIA’s annual Tiny Tot Parade.

  In the annual trick-or-treat event, youngsters under the age of five, chaperoned by a guardian or parent, are encouraged to enjoy a little Halloween fun in Essex Centre’s downtown business core.

  En route, the young trick-or-treaters collected candy from local businesses, situated between Laird Avenue and Victoria Avenue on Talbot Street. Essex Centre BIA representatives, along with firemen and police officers, helped close down the street.

  In addition to offering the opportunity for area youngsters a chance to show off their costumes and enjoy a little Halloween-flavoured fun, the event also provides an opportunity for families to walk the downtown area and do a little window shopping, while they connect with business owners.

  Kelly Baillargeon, Coordinator, said the Essex Centre BIA was incredibly excited to bring back the annual Tiny Tot Parade, after last year’s edition was cancelled, due to the pandemic.  

  “The streets of downtown Essex were alive and full of excitement with over 400 participants, despite the weather forecast. Most of our downtown small businesses, along with several businesses outside the parade route, joined in to create a great morning for the little ones,” she said.

  Participants were urged to donate non-perishable food items to take part in the event. The donated food items were then forwarded to local food banks, which will assist local families and individuals experiencing economic hardships in getting food on the table.


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