Candy Crawl in Downtown Meridian

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Meridian, Miss. Meridian Main Street partnered with area businesses earlier this evening for a family friendly event that allowed local children to get a head start on trick or treating at Dumont Plaza.

The fourth annual Candy Crawl had downtown Meridian buzzing with activity as hundreds of kids and parents took to the streets of downtown to go trick or treating at local shops. Local businesses donated their time and efforts to make it a special night. Karen Rooney says events like Candy Crawl bring attention to downtown Meridian.

"Great excitement in downtown, to get people to come downtown, to come to the businesses downtown and the side of that is to have a lot of fun down here. We thought the Candy Crawl would be a safe place for children to come get their candy and also in addition to that have all these fun activities," said Meridian Main Street Director Karen Rooney.

Lots of kids dressed up in great costumes, but one valiant knight rode in on a horse named Star and certainly was a star at the event.

"I wanted to be a knight because my school is West Lauderdale," said Josi Johnson, who participated in the event. She said she worked on her costume for four days. When asked if she was going to win the costume contest, she said, "Yes, because I'm the only one on a horse!"

Rooney says this is the biggest Candy Crawl to date and express how great it is.

"This is a fabulous event that we are so excited about. This our fourth annual Candy Crawl that is sponsored by Meridian Main Street. Last year, we had eight hundred kids downtown, and this year i think we'll top a thousand. We have so many events this is just unbelievable," said Rooney.

The city of Meridian will observe trick or treating Thursday evening rain or shine. Mayor Percy Bland says there will be heavy police patrols throughout the evening to make things safer for trick-or-treaters.