By KIRK BOXLEITNER
Marysville Globe Reporter
November 2, 2011 · 11:58 AM
MARYSVILLE — The merchants of Marysville’s Third Street once again opened their doors to miniature ghosts, ghouls and goblins, along with an assortment of other characters, during their annual trick-or-treat event on the afternoon of Oct. 31, Halloween Monday.
Cole Cannon, a 5-year-old Batman in bright blue, was surprised to see a much older Batman in black waiting for him in the doorway of Finders Keepers Furnishings, as Kip Goovee handed the young visitor a fistful of candy.
“I was Elvis last year, but the kids didn’t know who that was,” said Goovee, who’s taken part in Third Street’s trick-or-treat for the past five years. “This is one of the best turnouts we’ve had. It feels good to see these families smile. It’s nice to give back to the community. Us mom-and-pop stores hang together, but we have a lot of support from the locals.”
Isabeau Prettyman, a 4-year-old fairy, and her brother Bishop, a 6-year-old pirate, took a time-out in the middle of the hour-long trick-or-treat to count the candy they’d collected so far. Bishop’s favorite candies are 3 Musketeers bars, which are Isabeau’s least favorite, as she prefers M&M’S.
“This is our first trick-or-treat in Marysville,” said Blake Prettyman, Isabeau and Bishop’s dad, who recently moved his family from Everett. “We didn’t have anything like this in Everett. It’s nice how small and contained it is, with the privately owned businesses doing it.”
“This is my favorite time ever,” said Gavin Deese, a 4-year-old Dracula, after hitting up the Carabinieri Bar drive-through espresso stand for goodies with his big brother, 10-year-old pro wrestler Skylor.
“I like getting caramel and suckers, but I hate candy corn,” Skylor Deese said. “This is just awesome.”
Skylor and Gavin’s mom, Dallas Deese, brought her family back for their third annual trick-or-treat on Third Street this year because she appreciates the event’s safety and welcoming community-building aspect.
“I enjoy seeing so many young kids come by, and everyone is wearing such stylish outfits,” said Darilee Bednar of Third Street Books. “I’ve also enjoyed all the thank-yous I’ve gotten. The year before last, I went through 10 bags of candy, so this year, I bought 15 pounds. They’ve emptied half my container. Obviously, we here in Marysville like Halloween.”
Contact Marysville Globe Reporter Kirk Boxleitner at email@example.com or 360-659-1300 Ext. 5052.