Creatures take over downtown

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Four-year-old Layla Brooks reacts while seeing an alien carrying away a boy Saturday morning during the annual High Street Trick or Treat. Layla, dressed as Minnie Mouse, was among thousands of visitors downtown for the Halloween event. Her aunt, Kandi Brooks, carried her down the sidewalk.
Joe Gamm/News Tribune Four-year-old Layla Brooks reacts while seeing an alien carrying away a boy Saturday morning during the annual High Street Trick or Treat. Layla, dressed as Minnie Mouse, was among thousands of visitors downtown for the Halloween event. Her aunt, Kandi Brooks, carried her down the sidewalk.


Four-year-old Layla Brooks was pretty cool late Saturday morning. She was Minnie Mouse, after all.

At least she was cool until she saw a green alien carrying off a boy.

"Hi alien!" she yelled.

Minnie and the alien were among a menagerie of spooky creatures, witches, dinosaurs, stormtroopers, superheroes, fairies and princesses that crowded downtown sidewalks for the annual High Street Trick or Treat.

Numerous downtown businesses participated and passed out candies during the event. Cottonstone Gallery & Frame Shop owner Jim Dyke said more than 20 businesses had been looking forward to the annual social event.

"We've been doing this a long time," Dyke said. "It's been maybe eight years that we've called it High Street Trick or Treat."

It usually attracts about 6,000 people, he added, saying folks who participate return later when they aren't wearing costumes, introduce themselves and shop.

Between the trick-or-treating and Living Windows, which is coming up in December, the mini festivals put a lot of focus on downtown Jefferson City, Dyke added.

Ed Griffin walked along the street in a massive werewolf costume. He'd made the latex mask and gloves himself as a hobby. And when he removed the mask, he wore another one -- a ghoul -- underneath.

He said it took him two years to make the outfit.

"I'm just having fun. I have fun with the kids and enjoy Halloween," Griffin said. "(Children) want to put the gloves and mask on. They enjoy it."

Again this year, the Rebel Gallery hair salon set up a Rebel base within its walls. Still, there were some remnants of the Empire there as well -- stormtroopers.

Gallery co-owner Jenni Swarthout, also known as Rey, distributed candy inside, where a fog machine made vision a little murky and laser lights danced on the walls.

Swarthout said the stormtroopers guarding the door were her sons. And, although she is more old school and may have preferred to be Princess Leia, Swarthout chose to dress as the heroine of the latest Star Wars trilogy.

It's all for the visitors, she added.

Swarthout said the gallery distributed six large bags of candy to visitors in 2022 and was likely to match that this year.

  photo  Joe Gamm/News Tribune A space alien "carries away" 9-year-old DJ Lowe on Saturday morning during the annual High Street Trick or Treat. Nine-year-old Malachi Jahr laughs at the antics.
 
 
  photo  Joe Gamm/News Tribune Isabella Jordan, 6, left, gives candy to Maryn Parris, a mermaid superhero, during the annual High Street Trick or Treat. Maryn's mother said because Maryn is a mermaid, that makes her a mermom.
 
 
  photo  Joe Gamm/News Tribune Rebel Gallery co-owner Jenni Swarthout greets trick-or-treaters during the annual High Street Trick or Treat event. Her family has a deep affection for Star Wars, she said.
 
 
  photo  Joe Gamm/News Tribune Rey and a stormtrooper give out candy Saturday morning inside Rebel Gallery during the annual High Street Trick or Treat. Rey (gallery co-owner Jenni Swarthout) said her family looks forward each year to participating in the Halloween tradition.
 
 
  photo  Joe Gamm/News Tribune Cottonstone Gallery & Frame Shop owner Jim Dyke passes out candy during the annual High Street Trick or Treat Saturday morning. Dyke is one of the organizers of the event.
 
 


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