Fitchburg renews Halloween tradition

By Rebecca Leonard, rleonard@sentinelandenterprise.com

UPDATED:   10/31/2015 07:10:33 PM EDT

FITCHBURG -- Children, parents and even some dogs dressed in their most creative costumes on Saturday to celebrate Halloween in Downtown Fitchburg at the city's Trick-or-Treat on Main Street.

"The kids are having fun and even parents dressed up this year," said Trisha Pistone, a member of Re-Imagine North of Main, a partnership comprising businesses, government, nonprofits and residents that aims to make a collective positive impact on a neighborhood abutting the downtown. "It's great to see businesses out in the community."

The common was full of children, decorating pumpkins and posing with parents to take pictures. Pistone said pumpkins were acquired from Hollis Hills Farm in Fitchburg.

Nearly 50 local businesses spent the afternoon passing out candy to kids and teenagers at the city's annual event.

"It's wonderful for us to be a presence on Main Street and participate in these community events," said Cindy Jones, member of the Fitchburg Historical Society.

Brianna Riel and Cierra Touchette, both of Workers' Credit Union, said the institution has been handing out candy for a few years, and employees' favorite part is seeing the awesome costumes that people create.

According to Meredith Geraghty, director of community organizing for the Twin Cities Community Development Corp., a membership organization that advocates for civic engagement, home ownership and small-business development, that businesses could either buy the candy they were giving out through the CDC or buy their own.

Families played games and Darth Vadar, played by Pastor Bennett Jones II of Christ Church in Fitchburg, was available for family pictures at the church.

Six games were scattered around a hall inside the church where children large and small could win prizes such as toys and candy.

"This is very energizing for us and we love Fitchburg, so we love seeing positive things in downtown," said Erika Dellovo, who was helping out at the church.

The event was a coordinated effort between the City of Fitchburg, Twin Cities CDC, United Neighbors of Fitchburg, Re-Imagine North of Main and Fitchburg State University.

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