MARYSVILLE — A little misting of rain wasn’t going to stop Christina Heisley’s family of superheroes from trick-or-treating on Marysville’s Third Street on this Halloween Thursday, Oct. 31.
“Do you want them divided up by DC and Marvel?” Heisley asked a photographer snapping a shot of her children in costume, as 5-year-old Aurora as Supergirl, 8-year-old Jackson as Captain America, and 10-year-olds Joe and John as Iron Man and Superman, respectively, took a moment to tuck into the bags of candy they’d collected midway through their tour of the merchants of historic downtown Marysville. “This is our second year coming out here. We had a great time last year. It’s just fun to shop and see what’s up. The kids even got some full-size candy bars.”
Among the visitors to Darilee Bedmar’s elaborate Halloween display at Third Street Books were her son-in-law Jacob Nanfito, dressed as Hulk Hogan, and his small son Miles, dressed as the Incredible Hulk.
“We’ve been coming here since the trick-or-treating on Third Street started,” said Jacob Nanfito, who also brought his fairy princess daughter Isabel. “Isabel likes the suckers, but I like those candy dots. Miles will eat just about anything, though,” he laughed.
Dana and Lorene Wren, of Wrenhaven Vintage Market on Third Street, donned pirate finery to dispense their candy, this time inside of their store, since last Halloween came before they’d officially opened their shop in Marysville.
“They are all just absolutely darling,” Lorene Wren said of this year’s trick-or-treaters, whom she estimated to be coming in greater numbers than they did last Halloween.
“Kit Kats and M&M’s seem to be the most popular of the candies we’ve handed out this year,” Dana Wren said.
“We already took all the Snickers out of the bowl, because they’re bad for children,” Lorene claimed.
“What do you mean ‘we?’” Dana chuckled.
Gail Libbing of Carr’s Hardware and Patricia Schoonmaker of Trusty Threads both agreed that the waves of trick-or-treaters lining the sidewalks of Third Street seem to have grown with each year’s Halloween.
“It’s just nice to see so many people coming to the downtown,” Libbing said.
“I actually ran out of candy this year,” Schoonmaker said. “I started giving out the candy that I usually sell on the floor, because I didn’t want anyone to go without. They seem to appreciate the little novelty toys that I’ve been handing out just as much as the candy, though.”
Schoonmaker touted this year’s coloring contest as an enthusiastically embraced addition to the tradition of trick-or-treating on Third Street, since she estimated that close to 200 coloring sheets had already been turned in before the hour-long event was even halfway through.
Patricia and her husband Eric Schoonmaker both costumed themselves in Eric’s old Navy uniforms, leading Eric to joke, “We’re both dressed as the younger, thinner me.”
While plenty of tiny tots toddled along hand-in-hand with their parents, there were more than a few bigger kids asking for candy as well. While 9-year-old Aislynn Reed, who wore a fake beard and camouflage cap as part of a “Duck Dynasty” costume, is still looking forward to future sessions of trick-or-treating, her 11-year-old brother Morgan, who donned a homemade Charlie Chaplin outfit, maturely acknowledged that this year will probably mark his last as a trick-or-treater, especially since, as his mother Alicia said, “He looks older than he is anyway.”
“This won’t be my last time eating candy, though,” Morgan Reed said.
“You’re never too old to trick-or-treat,” said 11-year-old Ava Miller, clad as a glamorous flapper.