For the first time since the pandemic started, the downtown trick-or-treat tradition returned to the capital city with dozens of businesses opening their doors for trick-or-treaters young and old to snag a piece or two of candy while dressed in their finest costumes in celebration of Halloween.
The event has been a Juneau staple for more than five years, put on by the local business Kindred Post. However, due to the pandemic, the event had been canceled in recent years.
Kendra Hergett, the manager at Kindred Post, said she was “super excited” for the event to be back this year after some time without it. She said around 50 businesses signed up prior to the Halloween event, and she expected hundreds of kids to be out and about during the four hour event.
Luke and Wesley Stevens were making their way down Franklin Street at the beginning of the event dressed as “Numberblocks” characters. Their dad, who joined them dressed as a Jedi, said he made the costumes himself and they took around three hours each. The pair’s parents said they had participated in the event along with their sister, Elsie, since it began years back, and were happy to be a part of the fun now that it’s back once again.
Kyle Sage, manager at the Mt. Juneau Trading Post, donned a Frankenstein’s monster mask as he stood outside the business waving to kids as they grabbed some candy. He said Mt. Juneau Trading Post bought around 10-12 giant bags of candy from Costco in preparation for the return of trick-or-treaters and said he wouldn’t be surprised if all was done by the end of the event.
“It’s good to see people out and about again,” Sage said. “It’s good for the community, great for the kids — it’s just a good time.”
“It’s so fun,” said Leeann Thomas, the owner of the Triangle Bar. Thomas wore a decorative bird mask and stood at a table giving out candy outside the bar on the corner of Front and Franklin Street. She said she bought around five or six giant bags of candy, which is less than what she would normally buy in previous years.
Thomas said the Triangle has been participating in the event since it started, and she said it was great to see it come together again this year.
“This is the kind of stuff we need downtown, it’s great to see multiple generations walking around downtown,” she said. “I’ve even seen some grandparents getting in on the fun.”
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