By Jim Krencik
Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The streets of downtown Medina were packed with costumed children Friday, as a combination of concerns about Halloween night weather and an insatiable desire for candy brought out a large crowd to Beggar’s Night.
Business owners greeted a crowd of more than 700 trick-or-treaters, who wrapped around three sides of the Corky’s Building on West Center Street when the event kicked off shortly before 5:30 p.m.
The crowd of kids walked the streets for another two hours, picking up pre-Halloween treats from more than 20 downtown businesses. For the businesses, it was non-stop candy delivery.
”There were two of us but we couldn’t even look up,” said Cheryl Holt of Ashlee’s Place, one of the first stops on the tour. “We went thought four bags of candy (in 35 minutes).”
There were plenty of parents who got into the Halloween spirit, with families all dressing up on the same theme. The estimated crowd of more than 1,000 was a large one for Beggar’s Night, which was boosted by the potential for windy downpours from Hurricane Sandy on Halloween.
“We anticipated more because of (Hurricane Sandy),” Lisa Tripensee, who was one of the business owners shepherding the line of families at the start. “It moved quickly because of the weather, people wanted to get through it and go home.”
Many parents said their Halloween Night trick-or-treating may be curtailed by the storm.
“Looking at the forecast, we may still hit a few houses,” said Crystal Elliott of Ridgeway, whose 3-and-1/2 year old daughter Madelyn was dressed as Little Bo Peep. “I’m glad there’s (Beggar’s Night) tonight.”
But it will take more than rain and wind to stop some some candy-seeking kids.
“We’re still going, the weather won’t stop us,” said Laquisha Bloom, who brought her kids and their cousins to Beggars Night.
“We’ll hit as many houses as they can,” said Peggy Oliver, who brought her grandchildren to Beggar’s Night.
So expect plenty of costumed door-knockers Wednesday even if their cartoon character costumes are covered by outfits more befitting Captain Ahab.Contact reporter Jim Krencik at 798-1400, ext. 6327.