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Safe Trick or Treat, HalLoween Parade held in Ironton

They lined up for blocks last night – seeking sticky treats from businessowners, government officials and area civic clubs.

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

They lined up for blocks last night – seeking sticky treats from businessowners, government officials and area civic clubs.

Little motocross riders, princesses, mermaids, masked ghouls, ninjas, young Fighting Tigers. Hundreds of kids dressed up, walking the streets of downtown Ironton.

Dorothy came back from Oz, and even Winnie the Pooh stepped out of the Hundred Acre Wood to make an appearance at the annual Ironton Business Association’s Safe Trick or Treat night.

"Oh, we’re very impressed," IBA president Betty Adkins said, adding that more children than ever this year lined block after block downtown.

"It was a very good turnout," she said.

Volunteers working the IBA’s candy stand in the Ironton City Center had to buy more candy twice.

Other groups, like the Ironton Area Kiwanis Club, the Ironton Police Department and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department gave out thousands of pieces of candy to girls and boys lining up for the event.

Some store owners downtown entertained children in costume, as they also gave out candy.

Then, Ironton Rotary Club’s Halloween parade and costume judging took participants down Third Street for treats and prizes.