Thousands of little ghouls come downtown for fun, candy

By Roger DuPuis - [email protected]
Zachery Budziak, 4 of Nanticoke, dressed as a Ninja Turtle, smiles for the camera while trick-or-treating on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre Friday night. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader Zachery Budziak, 4 of Nanticoke, dressed as a Ninja Turtle, smiles for the camera while trick-or-treating on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre Friday night. - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Demi Dennis of Rodano’s hands out candy to Caleb Ketron, 4 of Wyoming during Wilkes-Barre’s trick-or-treat event Friday night.  Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader Demi Dennis of Rodano’s hands out candy to Caleb Ketron, 4 of Wyoming during Wilkes-Barre’s trick-or-treat event Friday night. - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Steve Pugliese, a member of the Wyoming Valley Car Club, hands out candy to Clover Yost, 5, of Plymouth. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader Steve Pugliese, a member of the Wyoming Valley Car Club, hands out candy to Clover Yost, 5, of Plymouth. - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Tyler Grissom, 3 of Wilkes-Barre looks into his candy bag to see all the treats he collected Friday night during the city’s Halloween event downtown. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader Tyler Grissom, 3 of Wilkes-Barre looks into his candy bag to see all the treats he collected Friday night during the city’s Halloween event downtown. - - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Beth Graziano of Glen Lyon walks around with her son Louis, 8, during the trick-or-treating event. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader Beth Graziano of Glen Lyon walks around with her son Louis, 8, during the trick-or-treating event. - - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George walks around with his grandaughter Emily, 3, during Friday’s trick-or-treating event on Friday. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George walks around with his grandaughter Emily, 3, during Friday’s trick-or-treating event on Friday. - - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Jazlynn Waters, 5, of Wilkes-Barre dances with her flash mob to Michale Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ in Midtown Village in Wilkes-Barre Friday night. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader Jazlynn Waters, 5, of Wilkes-Barre dances with her flash mob to Michale Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ in Midtown Village in Wilkes-Barre Friday night. - - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — Thursday’s rain may have postponed the city’s downtown Halloween celebration, but that only paved the way for one sweet Friday night on South Main Street.

At least 2,000 people turned out for trick-or-treating along the street and at participating businesses, city special events coordinator Patty Hughes estimated shortly before 6 p.m., with more than an hour to go in the event.

Among those participating in the fun: Mayor Tony George, who donned a mask to dance as part of a Halloween “Thriller” flash mob with the David Blight School of Dance and 97.1BHT-Cumulus Media in Midtown Village.

“I have fun, the kids are great,” said George, who came downtown with family members including his grandaughter Emily, 3.

Among the participating businesses were the Anthracite newsstand, Barnes & Noble, Butler Eye Care, Luzerne Bank, Mimmo’s Pizza, Sociallocca, The Video Game Store and Lett’s Eat Flavors of India.

Many other businesses and organizations had tents on the street to distribute candy, including the Times Leader Media Group, city police and fire, the Osterhout Free Library and more.

“There is clearly a need for young kids and their parents in our community to come out in a setting where there is a critical mass of people, a critical mass of trick-or-treating opportunities,” said Diamond City Partnership Executive Director Larry Newman.

The hope, Newman added, is that excitement and patronage for those businesses on Friday night will be followed by return visits from the families who came out to trick-or-treat.

“This is an important event. The turnout shows what an important event it has become,” Newman added.

Zachery Budziak, 4 of Nanticoke, dressed as a Ninja Turtle, smiles for the camera while trick-or-treating on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre Friday night.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_ttl110219trickortreatwb-1-2.jpgZachery Budziak, 4 of Nanticoke, dressed as a Ninja Turtle, smiles for the camera while trick-or-treating on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre Friday night. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Demi Dennis of Rodano’s hands out candy to Caleb Ketron, 4 of Wyoming during Wilkes-Barre’s trick-or-treat event Friday night.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_ttl110219trickortreatingwb-2-2.jpgDemi Dennis of Rodano’s hands out candy to Caleb Ketron, 4 of Wyoming during Wilkes-Barre’s trick-or-treat event Friday night. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Steve Pugliese, a member of the Wyoming Valley Car Club, hands out candy to Clover Yost, 5, of Plymouth.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_ttl110219trickortreatwb-3-2.jpgSteve Pugliese, a member of the Wyoming Valley Car Club, hands out candy to Clover Yost, 5, of Plymouth. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Tyler Grissom, 3 of Wilkes-Barre looks into his candy bag to see all the treats he collected Friday night during the city’s Halloween event downtown.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_ttl110219trickortreatwb-9-2.jpgTyler Grissom, 3 of Wilkes-Barre looks into his candy bag to see all the treats he collected Friday night during the city’s Halloween event downtown. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Beth Graziano of Glen Lyon walks around with her son Louis, 8, during the trick-or-treating event.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_ttl110219trickortreatingwb-3.jpgBeth Graziano of Glen Lyon walks around with her son Louis, 8, during the trick-or-treating event. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George walks around with his grandaughter Emily, 3, during Friday’s trick-or-treating event on Friday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_ttl110219trickortreatingwb-11-2.jpgWilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George walks around with his grandaughter Emily, 3, during Friday’s trick-or-treating event on Friday. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Jazlynn Waters, 5, of Wilkes-Barre dances with her flash mob to Michale Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ in Midtown Village in Wilkes-Barre Friday night.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_ttl110219trickortreatwb-6-2.jpgJazlynn Waters, 5, of Wilkes-Barre dances with her flash mob to Michale Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ in Midtown Village in Wilkes-Barre Friday night. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Thousands of little ghouls come downtown for fun, candy

By Roger DuPuis

[email protected]