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Looking dandy for candy
Trick-or-treaters pack downtown in their finest Halloween attire
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All for one and one for all. From left, Bella Stoner, Katie Bechtel and Zoey Snider dress as the Three Musketeers. - photo by James Clark
Halloween was in full swing as droves of spooks showed up for downtown trick-or-treating Wednesday afternoon. From gruesome to adorable, kids and adults alike were decked out in costumes while walking down Main Street.

According to Main Street McMinnville executive director Katie Kemezis, around 700 children participated.

“We had more businesses participate and tons of great costumes,” said Kemezis. “It’s so wonderful to see the creativity of our community sometimes involving entire families. That’s what makes it special.”

Participating businesses not only had a pumpkin sign in their storefronts, but many employees were costumed as well. At Topz, children were greeted by a colorful, creepy clown handing out candy while First National Bank of Middle Tennessee was represented by three large dinosaurs.

Some businesses turned back the clock and dressed in their favorite decade. The ladies at the Vanilla Bean Baking Company payed tribute to the ’50s, while Juicy's Wellness Café owner Mary Beth Laxson and Rebecca Warner celebrated the ’60s while handing out candy.

Even equipped with 1,000 pieces of candy at the Stanley & Bratcher law office, Peggy Bratcher said they ran out in 1 hour and 50 minutes.

A children’s costume contest was held in the lobby of Citizens Tri-County Bank. Kids assembled for judging in an assortment of imaginative costumes including Grass Man, Queen of Hearts, Medusa and My Little Pony.

After a lengthy deliberation, the judges determined the winner was 8-year-old Harper Patrick for her convincing Cindy Lou Who costume from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

“My favorite part of my costume is my hair,” said Harper with a smile. “My mom fixed it for me.”