PARKERSBURG - Hundreds of little firefighters, bugs, police officers and characters lined the streets of Parkersburg on trick or treat night Thursday.
Ghosts and goblins of a much smaller size were out for their favorite treat, candy. Local families and those from surrounding areas joined in on the festivities.
Parkersburg's trick or treat was moved to Thursday from Tuesday because of Hurricane Sandy.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Robbie Barton dresses for the part Thursday during Halloween in Parkersburg. Barton was passing out candy along Washington Avenue to trick or treaters, young and teens alike.
Residents of Washington Avenue in Parkersburg said the festivities were off to a slow start Thursday.
"I really think it's because of the weather," said Brent Sturm of Washington Avenue. "We gave out about 750 pieces of candy last year."
Other area residents estimated to giving out close to 1,000 pieces of candy last trick or treat.
Brent and Meredith Sturm are new to the area but were eager to pass out as much candy as possible to local children.
Among the scary and cute were Zach and Heather Ayers' children. Their three children were disguised as a Renaissance Princess, Evil Princess and Special Ops Marine. The Ayerses said they lived close to Washington Avenue and planned to circle the block for trick or treat.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus graced the streets of Parkersburg with their presence. Santa Claus could be seen walking with his wife hand-in-hand up and down Washington Avenue Thursday night to kick off trick or treat night.
Many homeowners got creative. Some installed microphones to make scary noises as trick or treaters approached their home.
In the Julia-Ann Square Historic District there weren't as many trick or treaters but a few ghouls and goblins roamed the streets. On Juliana Street the popular costumes included lady bugs, butterflies and a Spiderman.
The Perry family of Belpre was glad Parkersburg decided to postpone the event. They weren't able to take their 6-year-old and 4-year-old out on the rainy Tuesday night in Belpre.
"Yeah, we were glad to be able to bring them out now," Traci Perry said while trick or treating with her children on Juliana Street.
Their 6-year-old daughter was a lady bug and 4-year-old son was dressed as a firefighter. He had a special toy to add to the effect of being on the brink of a fire fight.
Although the night seemed to start out slowly, many familiar cartoon characters and Disney princesses emerged for a night of sugar overload and fun.