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Halloween events bring hundreds in costume to downtown Park Rapids

This birch tree inspired costume was one of the most creative found in downtown Park Rapids on Saturday during the annual Trick or Treat Park Rapids on Main, as well as the Halloween dance and haunted house held at Armory Square. Below, Cynthia Jones hands out candy to young trick or treaters. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 11
Goldilocks and her three bears Rosalyn Hendrickson, Luke Hendrickson, boys Silas, 3, and 1-year-old Solomon were among some of the creative costumes showcased during the annual Trick-or-Treat Park Rapids event held downtown on Main. (Kevin Cederstrom / Enterprise)2 / 11
Ashley Smith and Cameron Smith roamed downtown as The Joker and his sidekick Harley Quinn. (Kevin Cederstrom / Enterprise)3 / 11
Among the costumed-characters walking up and down Main on Saturday were iconic figures from The Wizard of Oz. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)4 / 11
Arianna Hamblin, 5, sparkles in her princess costume. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)5 / 11
Johnna Krabbenhoft, 13, of Park Rapids showed up to trick-or-treat as a champion roper, complete with ribbons. (Kevin Cederstrom / Enterprise)6 / 11
Avery Reid, 5, Paisley Hemenway, 2, and Adleigh Hooghkirk, 2, step aside from the sidewalk traffic. Paisley is from Park Rapids while Avery and Adleigh were visiting from Ely. (Kevin Cederstrom / Enterprise)7 / 11
Brandy Schultz, 9, and Dylan Vocelka, 6, were a frightening pair at the corner of Third & Main. (Kevin Cederstrom / Enterprise)8 / 11
Scooby, Shaggy and the Mystery Machine were joined by friends, from left, Nick Michaelson, Jackson Lund, Kaleb Stearns, Sam Reisch, Zach Van Batavia, Parker Harmon and Trey Campbell. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)9 / 11
Broklin Baker, 10, Mercadees Baker, 11, and a morbid Little Red Riding Hood Hailee Shumway, 12, set out for Halloween adventure. (Kevin Cederstrom / Enterprise)10 / 11
Alecia Leamons, 6, and Bella James, 4, dressed in colorful costumes for the downtown event. (Kevin Cederstrom / Enterprise)11 / 11

Trick-or-treaters of all ages in just about any and all costumes imaginable converged on Park Rapids Saturday for the annual downtown Halloween trick-or-treating tradition.  Some estimates put attendance at close to 1,500 people as downtown merchants lined the sidewalks handing out candy to every zombie and princess, ladybug and all ghoulish creatures roaming the downtown district.  

“We had a terrific turnout,” said Cynthia Jones of the Downtown Business Association (DBA). “It’s always fun to see so many people downtown.”  

The annual event is a retail-sponsored event put on by the DBA and Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.  “It was such a fun day and always such a fun experience,” Jones said.  In conjunction with the event Rotary collected $532 and canned goods for the food shelf.

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