Ghouls and goblins, your treats await!

Downtown Fitchburg businesses scare up family fun Saturday afternoon

By Elizabeth Dobbins,

UPDATED:   10/28/2016 08:36:13 AM EDT

FITCHBURG -- Not all Main Street businesses carry candy, but they will on Saturday. 

Businesses will pass out candy downtown between Day Street and Academy Street from noon to 2 p.m. during the eight-annual Trick or Treat on Main Street. 

"Ghouls and goblins and fairies are all welcome downtown," event promoter Lisa Dutton-Swain said. 

The family-friendly event will be hosted rain or shine and, in addition to candy, include face painting, balloon artists and carnival games. A food truck as well as a hamburger and hot dog stand will provide food. 

A portion of Main Street will be closed during the event to make it easier for children and their families to interact and visit the downtown stores, Dutton-Swain said. 

"They can start at any of the businesses," she said. 

Children must bring their own bag to carry candy. 

The event, which has drawn up to 3,000 people in the past, is a way to encourage people to visit downtown, according to Dutton-Swain. 

"It's to get people more engaged with the downtown and get them familiar," she said. 

Dutton Swain is the resource development director for NewVue Communities, which partnered with the city of Fitchburg, ReImagine North of Main and Fitchburg Pride to host the event.

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