We did it last year and had a great time!
Downtown Rochester businesses will be handing out candy and other goodies on October 24, 2009 from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and then at 6:15 p.m. children can participate in the Costume Parade at the public parking lot at the corner of Water Street and University.
The parade will proceed down Water Street and end at the Rochester Fire Department.
In conjunction, the Rochester Fire Department will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Rochester Area Youth Assistance. The dinner runs from 4-9 p.m. The Rochester Fire Department is located at the corner of E. Third and Water Street.
Tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner are $8 for adults and $4 for children, but family tickets can be purchased at $20 which includes 2 adults and up to 3 children (10 and under).
Also, the Downtown Rochester Pumpkin Patch will be open from 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. at the Fire Department.
- Get to the trick-or-treating early. Some businesses ran out of candy last year.
- Dress warm. It was very cold last year and children were in costumes that were not appropriate for the cold weather. Add a turtleneck, leggings, tights, gloves, ect to your child’s costume so they stay warm.
- Bring an extra parent for multiple children and if you have to take a stroller, expect to have someone to walk your kids in and out of the businesses. Most businesses were handing candy out inside and with all the people, it was very crowded.
- Wear good walking shoes and even though the dress-up heels look great with the Princess costume, they are not appropriate for all the walking your child will be doing.
- Feed the kids before they go trick-or-treating. Otherwise they will be eating candy out of hunger because they will be doing a lot of walking.
- Last but not least HAVE FUN! That’s what it’s all about!
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