came out, with their parents in what may have been record numbers.
To get the parade going, volunteer Misty Bell began lining everyone
up on the sidewalk leading from the northwest corner of Latham Park
to the band stand. The line wrapped around the bandstand and
continued to form all the way along the sidewalk to the southeast
corner of the park.
event began with registration for door prizes that would be given
out at the end of the day. Kids in costumes gathered in lines before
a very convincing hobo (Alderman Rick Hoefle), who saw that everyone
registered for the door prizes and enjoyed a treat from the city
while they waited for the parade to begin.
The trick-or-treating began by crossing the North Kickapoo Street
and headed west to 74 K Photography. There kids not only collected
candy for their bags and basket, they were also given an opportunity
to have their photos taken, free of charge.
Back on Kickapoo Street the parade proceeded to Prairie Years, Abe’s
Carmel Corn Shoppe, Sir Renna Tea, and D-Fades Barber Shop and
Beauty Salon at the corner of Kickapoo and Broadway.
Heading west on Broadway Street the kids stopped at the State Bank
of Lincoln, then crossed the street and came back west to National
Rent to Own. The procession continued making stops at By the Bean,
Beans and Such, Deep Roots Café, and Serendipity Stitches.
Going west again, there was one stop at State Finance, then the
group backtracked on the other side of the street to the Alley-Bi.
The march continued to Joe Ryan Country Financial, Spirited
Republic, and Mama’s Arcade on Pulaski Street. At Visual Ink, kids
filed inside for treats and a second opportunity to have their photo
The group then moved on to McLean Street, where they visited
Michelle Bauer Country Financial, United Way, and the Lincoln Art
group left the LCA, crossing the street to the Logan County
Courthouse, everyone began to yell, “It is snowing!” Indeed it was,
but thankfully it was short-lived and had come to an end by the time
everyone was gathered on the courthouse steps for a group photo.
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the photo business all behind them, the parade continued on to
the west end of Broadway Street to Flossie and Delzina’s, then
headed east to Thrivent Financial, Mary Todd’s Hallmark, Copper
Penny and New 2 You thrift shop, all on the Broadway Street side
of the downtown square.
Rounding the corner again, the sidewalk at Lincoln City Hall is
under construction, so the group headed to the empty space
behind Heartland College and Safe Haven Hospice. There they were
greeted with treats from the Pink Shutter staff; then gathered
for the drawing of prizes.
Alderwoman Michelle Bauer led the drawing for prizes with Mayor Seth
Goodman. Prizes this year were donated by several local businesses
including Dunkin’ Doughnuts, Cracker Barrel, Russell Stover,
Mel-o-Crème, McDonalds, Culvers, Lincoln Park District, Family
Video, Stuffed Aria, 74K Photography.
a first time event for Mayor Goodman, who led the parade dressed as
a cow. He said he enjoyed the event very much and was very
appreciative of all the businesses that participated by handing out
candy or donating a prize for the drawing.