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Merchants step up with candy for all comers in costume as crowds descend on SW Capitol Highway

PMG PHOTOS: BILL GALLAGHER - When Meleia Zacks was asked when she's going on her next trip to space, her father Scott answered, 'She just got back.'Anyone who lives near Multnomah Village and wondered why there were so few trick or treaters on Halloween night should have seen the crowds that went for the candy handed out along Southwest Capitol Highway that afternoon.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of costumed kids and adults turned out in the warm sunshine of an autumn afternoon promptly at 3:30 p.m. for the annual festivities.

Carolyn King channeled her inner insurance agent in the parking lot of Village Family Dental.Sidewalks were jammed and traffic was slowed by the crowds that came to Multnomah Village, where merchants gladly filled their bags with free candy. The sugar high was widespread.

 Margo and Randall Wagenmann with Lincoln and Lou found treats not tricks with Edna, Everett and Lia Bazzano at Otto and Anita's.Adult crossing guards in costume made sure the continuing lack of marked crosswalks wasn't a safety issue.

Zachary Gericke-Wildgrube pulled patrol duty outside the Village Hut.The trail of treats began (or ended) on the north end of Multnomah Village in the plaza outside the Riversgate Church. Pastor Andy Mahoney provided safe passage for kids and adults crossing Capitol Highway to where the parking lot at Village Family Dental was transformed for the occasion. Hay bales and pumpkins were arranged for photo opportunities. Dr. MacKenzie Douglas swapped dental care for candy distribution. A sound system blared "People Are Strange" by the Doors.

Nancy Harris, wife of Village Hut owner cj Harris.For this one afternoon, a constant stream of trick or treaters replaced the construction crews that recently wrapped up repaving until next spring. There were delays and detours but drivers checking out all those kids in costumes didn't seem to mind.

Todd Brawell, aka Tim the EnchanterHalloween in Multnomah Village is coordinated and sponsored annually by the Multnomah Village Business Association.


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