Downtown businesses readying for young trick-or-treaters
By BRIAN JUSTICE
Trick or treating on Halloween traditionally begins after sunset; however, Tullahoma’s downtown merchants are giving younger children a head start on their annual candy-collecting venture.
About 25 businesses are expected to be offering trick or treat items from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. during Wednesday’s Halloween celebration.
Lynda Welty, who heads the Downtown Merchants Association, said special orange bows will be posted outside businesses letting trick or treaters age 3 to 8 know where the candy is.
Businesses who want to participate but don’t have a bow may call Debbie Renner at Tullahoma House of Flowers at 455-3462 to get one.
Costumes are encouraged, but if they aren’t worn by some trick or treaters, merchants will still provide candy.
“We won’t turn them down,” Welty said, adding that the general trick or treating age is also somewhat flexible.
She said the effort started three years ago and proved to be successful where it added a nice amenity to Halloween activities.
“This is something we decided would be fun and also used to help our economy,” Welty said. “So far it’s been great.
“We’ve been doing this to get people downtown, so that maybe they’ll stop by later. We want to get parents down here and see how much fun it is to walk the downtown streets and see what’s here.”