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A crowd estimated at over 1,000 people came out for the second annual Trail of Treats in downtown South Boston on Saturday.

By any measure, the second annual Trail of Treats in downtown South Boston was a success, with thousands of children, parents and other participants taking advantage of sunny, fall weather to get into the Halloween spirit several days in advance.

“It was another great day in downtown South Boston,” said Destination Downtown South Boston Executive Director Tamyra Vest.

“Under clear skies, downtown lined up with 1,200 people of lots of costumed kiddos.  The dreary weather on Friday gave way to a gorgeous fall day on Saturday.

The Trail of Treats, sponsored by Destination Downtown South Boston, consists of a candy-finding scavenger hunt throughout downtown in which businesses take part.

Each participant picked up a scavenger hunt card at one of the registration tables, located in front of town hall and in front of Carter Green in South Boston.

The event was for children 12 and under, with children dressed in costumes reflecting everything from a fairy princess to their favorite superhero.

Each participating business handed out an small item handed out on a normal “trick or treat” run on Halloween night, explained Vest.

The event served another purpose, Vest added, with local businesses having an opportunity to display their business to potential customers who may not even know that that business is in existence, or do not know its current service or items in their inventory.

“Families enjoyed all the treats, the candy stops at participating businesses, the free pizza and water, and the free games.

“Businesses greeted the costumed visitors, handing out candy and other items.  Vendors also included other South Boston businesses, non-profit organizations and the South Boston Police Department.”

Children had the chance to enter a drawing for free prizes if they visited and received stamps on their scavenger hunt at all stops, with prizes handed out for four different age groups ranging in ages up to 12-years-old.

Also during trail of treats, participants voted on their favorite decorated pole in the Downtown Halloween Pole Decorating Contest.

“There was steady traffic from start to finish, and children were thrilled to be there,” noted Vest.

“We were very pleased with this year’s turnout.  Many parents thanked us for the event and appreciated the opportunity to get some more wear out of that costume.”

Doug Ford reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Doug Ford covers news and sports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at