Children of all ages in Denison got a second chance to trick or treat Thursday night at the city's annual Monsters on Main Halloween event. Originally scheduled for Halloween night, the event was rescheduled for Thursday due to inclement weather that also forced other festivities to reschedule or move indoors.
With the reschedule, Main Street Director Donna Dow said she was uncertain of how many children would come to the event. However, once the sun began to set, thousands of children from across the entire region crowded the streets.
“I always tell our businesses to have a budget, stick to it and buy what you can because we could buy out all the candy in the county and we would still have people coming out for more,” Dow said Thursday afternoon.
In most years, organizers would expect about 3,000 for the annual event. However, once the crowds started showing up Thursday, Dow said 2018's attendance was significantly higher.
Dow attributed that mainly to the decision to reschedule the event to avoid storms that remained in the region for most of Halloween day. In doing so, Monsters on Main was not competing with Sherman's annual Fright Fest, which was relocated to Midway Mall Wednesday to avoid the poor weather. With the events no longer competing with each other, Dow said crowds could attend both events this year.
Alison McLinsky was among the many people who came out to enjoy the fall festivities for a second night in a row. McLinsky said she and her family attended Fright Fest, and found it to be very crowded. However, Denison's event had the advantage of more space.
“It is definitely more spread out here, that is for sure,” she said. “We just haven't gotten as much candy as last night yet.”
Despite the setback of having to reschedule the event, Dow said it had little effect on participation from local businesses, who handed out candy to eager trick or treaters outside their entrances. Originally there were about 35 businesses signed up to participate, but only two stepped out due to the schedule change, Dow said.
Among those who participated Thursday despite the delay was Elsie Russell, who handed out candy and small toys to children outside 2 Chicks Home and Market.
Russell, who has worked the event for four years, said she wasn't put off at all by having to hold the event the day after Halloween. Instead, she said it gave more people a chance to attend.
“I just think it is fun to see the community come together and create a safe, fun environment for the children,” she said. “Plus, it gives an excuse to dress up too.”