Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 1, 2012

Trick-or-Treating comes to downtown Effingham

Ryan Ellis
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Halloween is a time of year when small children can become anything they want to be.

    However, for parents, Halloween has become a time to worry about a child’s safety.

    “(You) used to be able to go out and not have to worry about what time you got back,” said Chesnut Family Music owner Mark Chesnut, who was dressed as Mario from the Nintendo Super Mario video games.

    Mark’s son, Jordan, originally came up with the idea to have local businesses participate in a safe trick-or-treat night for children on Halloween, said Mark.

    “It’s just a fun and friendly thing,” said Jordan. “Neoga does it, it doesn’t make sense that we don’t.”

    As children poured into the Chesnut Family Music Shop, a little boy dressed as Luigi from the Super Mario games shouted with joy and pointed as he spotted Mark dressed as Mario.

    Other business owners showed their Halloween colors, including one man dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars. Attorney Scott Ealy dressed in a full outfit of the Marvel Comics character Captain America.

    Ealy grinned happily at every child who came to see him.

    “I was a prolific trick-or-treater,” said Ealy. He insisted every child take multiple pieces of candy for their bag.

    As excited as the kids were to dress up, Ealy showed his enthusiasm when 8-year-old Justin Brummer showed up dressed like Captain America.

    “(We) decided to come down here and enjoy downtown,” said Justin’s father, Mike Brummer.