The day began in Latham Park, where children ages ten and under
were invited to register for door prizes that would be given out at
the end of the parade in the parking lot at City Hall.
Two officers from the Lincoln Police Department escorted the group
around town managing traffic at the intersections so that all could
pass through safely and in one group.
Mayor Neitzel, called the group to get in line on the sidewalk near
the Latham Park bandstand, and then led the way through town. Other
representatives from the city who joined in included alderwomen
Kathy Horn and Jonie Tibbs. Alderwoman Michelle Bauer participated
in trick or treat for her business, then joined the other three at
city hall to assist as needed with the handing out of door prizes.
Downtown businesses that participated in this year's trick or
treating event included Prairie Years, Sir Renna Tea, National Rent
to Own, By the Bean, Beans and Such, Cherished Memories, Deep Roots
Cafe' and Serendipity Stitches on Kickapoo Street. The parade then
crossed the street to visit Make it Sew, Spirited Republic, The
Arcade, and Central Illinois Insurance. Making the turn onto North
McLean, the parade continued with stops at Country Financial and the
Lincoln Art Institute. On Broadway Street, the children enjoyed
receiving treats from MKS Jewelers, Copper Penny, and Mary Todd's
Hallmark. To avoid the parade doubling back on itself, the kids then
rounded the corner to the north, going to the alley; they headed
east to McLean again for a stop at the Pink Shutter before ending in
the parking lot at City Hall.
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While waiting for the drawing of names for door prizes, most of the children
were unable to resist the calling of the candy that was now in their trick or
treat bags and buckets. Plopping down on the ground, many began to dig through
their stashes, choosing their favorite treat to eat.
This year there was again a huge number of door prizes, all items donated from
businesses in the downtown area and throughout the city. As names were drawn and
called out, children happily ran to the table where they were given special
prizes for participating in the morning event.