Anna, Jonesboro provide community-wide trick-or-treating experience

UNION COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) – There were princesses, Mario characters, a chicken, and the Grinch. 

“Everybody’s got some original ideas,” Bev Gibbons of the Anna Moose Lodge said.

No matter the costume, there was Halloween spirit abound amongst trick-or-treaters in Anna and Jonesboro Saturday afternoon. 

Gibbons said this unique trick-or-treating experience is a safe one for the kids. 

“I think it’s wonderful because the kids can go up and down the street. It’s a safe environment,” she said. “All the businesses are participating, and the kids seem to love it.” 

It is also a unique opportunity for the participating businesses and agencies to connect with people on a more personal level. 

“With the weather being decent, it is nice for people to get out and just socialize and let them see what the businesses are all about,” Gibbons said.

Paramedic supervisor Tom Banks said days like this one give first responders the chance to see their community members in a more positive state than usual. 

“Normally as far as EMS is concerned, we don’t have a lot of contact unless it’s an emergency,” he said. “This allows them to see us in a more relaxed environment, and just enjoy seeing the kids, talking to them, giving them toys, giving them treats, sugaring them up.” 

And across the street, Jonesboro Alderman Beverly Schaefer said a feathery creature tempered her choice of wardrobe for one of her favorite holidays. 

“That is my favorite besides Christmas,” she said. “I always dress up. I did have an outfit for today, but I thought this would be a little bit more lenient since I have Mr. Chicken over here.”

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