More than 50 merchants participated in the free two-hour event.
“I love Halloween, so it’s fun to see all of the kids really excited for it, too,” said Collegeville Textbook Company employee Sarah Williams. “This is my third time working it. People have group costumes, which is really cute, too. Everyone is having fun, so every year it’s always a good night.”As part of the Great Pumpkin Walk, some businesses tried to go beyond the typical trick-or-treating. The Wild Goose Inn held its annual “Land of Oz” and decorated the entire outside of the building with a Wizard of Oz theme.
“I just love seeing all the kids dressed up and having fun. Making them laugh and making them smile is really fun for us,” said Michigan State student Andrew Pingry.
Pingry is on the Michigan State Men’s lacrosse team. Connor Konas, another MSU lacrosse team member, volunteered with Pingry at the event.“This is our first year, but it’s the ninth anniversary of the “Land of Oz”,” said Konas. “We do the Oz theme every year. It’s a recognized movie by a lot of people which is why it’s a good fit, and we have a nice brick path out in the back that looks like the yellow-brick road. It’s perfect.”
This event leads up to the real night of trick-or-treating in the downtown residential neighborhoods, which will take place 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.