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Thousands fill square for trick-or-treating

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Adam Petty, 10, pauses during Safe on the Square Wednesday. Darth Vader behind him is Anthony Hill, 7.

The downtown square filled with thousands of ghosts, spooks, superheroes and random costumes as the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center’s annual Safe On the Square event took place Wednesday.

“This is such a great thing for the community,” said Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman.

“We think about 2,500 based on the 3,000 lollypops we had,” said advocacy center executive director Joyce Prusak. “We went back and looked and last year we think we had about 2,200 so we think we had a little more this year.”

Prusak said the cool weather may have contributed to bigger numbers during the day time.

“I think maybe some parents brought their kids out instead of taking the kids out at night when it was colder. Maybe they thought might as well do it when the sun is shining,” explained Prusak.

Plans are already underway for next year’s event. Read more in next week’s print edition (Nov. 7) of the Manchester Times.