Downtown's Halloween candy arrives soon for Oct. 31 event

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Martha Fertitta’s been a bit concerned about this year’s candy collection, but the Main Street Trick or Treat’s supporters came through Friday.

By the absolute-deadline to fundraise for the community cache of sweets, supporters had contributed almost $2,200 – on par with last year’s numbers – to purchase a wide assortment of Halloween essentials in time for Wednesday’s trick or treat in downtown Kilgore.

Set for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (and coinciding with the Lions Club fall carnival) the event will, if past years are any indication, draw thousands of costumed children and adults to Main Street and Rusk as volunteers hand out their stock of candies.

About 4,000 flyers from Kilgore Print Centre will be going out to children in Kilgore ISD, Sabine, West Rusk and Leverett’s Chapel early next week.

Thanks to some last-minute phone calls and donations, “I think we’re going to be in good shape,” Fertitta said, picking up the massive stash of goodies Sunday. “We’ll sort it and get everybody’s candy out either Monday afternoon or Tuesday,” ready to disperse Wednesday afternoon.

Likewise, “People can come down here and give out their own stuff. It’s not closed to anybody.”

The downtown trick or treat is a go, rain or shine, with additional activities and entertainment on tap for the 2018 event.

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