Downtown Meridian was crawling with trick or treaters this evening for Meridian Main Street's Annual Candy Crawl. There was everything from costume contests to pony rides, to a Halloween treat walk. Meridian Main Street Director John McClure says that the festival is a way for everyone to come together in a safe environment.
"The idea is to have a good, safe, Halloween experience for the kids 12 and under in the community and have it right here in the heart of our community in Downtown Meridian."
It wouldn't be Halloween if there wasn't trick or treating. Kids registered at Dumont Plaza and received a map and were able to decorate their bag before they went around to about 20 downtown businesses to trick or treat. The trick or treating was also tied into a Geographic Awareness Week scavenger hunt.
Karen Wallace, a Teacher Consultant with the Mississippi Geographic Alliance says that, "Each business that is handing out candy also has an answer to a question on the scavenger hunt, and this year it is "Declare Your Global Interdependence."
Part of what accounted for the large turnout was the fact that it's safe, fun, and free. Parents were comfortable bringing their kids and letting them roam around knowing they'll be safe while having fun.
"We have walked around and went to the different stores and got candy, and now my son is waiting in line to do the rock wall, and then we are going to go see the animals."
"It's something for the kids that's safe in the community. It's something they can do without having to worry about it."
"My son has done bull riding, and she has rode ponies, and we're climbing rock walls, having a lot of fun."
Planning is already underway for an even bigger Candy Crawl next year.