Seven-year-old Daniel Bautista, aka Spiderman, son of Josepha Simon, used his ‘spidey’ skills to shimmy a light pole on Main Street in hopes of a better view of the Hershey® truck.

Better Hometown receives rave review for Main Street Trick-or-Treat event Thurs.

Main Street was buzzing with activity last Thursday night as costumed children – and several adults – headed downtown for a sweet treat.

Local officials estimate 6,500 people turned out for Blackshear’s Downtown Trick-or-Treat event Halloween night. The Hershey® truck drew a crowd of chocolate fans, old and young alike.

“That doesn’t count all the spooks and goblins in the neighborhoods. I saw so many Facebook posts of kids that were not even downtown,” says Better Hometown Manager Bethany Strickland. “Overall I would say it was a huge success. It’s super fun to see everyone from young to old celebrating and dressing up.”

Hershey® and Stewart Candy Company employees handed out every kind of Hershey® chocolate bar imaginable during the two hour event that was cut a bit short by rain. The truck stopped in Blackshear to host meetings at Stewart Candy Company and for the downtown trick-or-treat on their way to another event in Jacksonville, FL.

“That’s the freshest Zero bar I’ve ever had,” one adult Trick-or-Treater teased.

Dozens of Main Street and area businesses, local fire departments, the sheriff’s office and other local officials handed out candy to the costumed kids. Bridge Community Church also hosted indoor activities for Trick-or-Treaters, and Shutterly Perfect took trick-or-treater’s Halloween portraits to raise funds for Holt’s House of Hope.

Police Chief Chris Wright says one child was reported lost, but was soon reunited with a parent.

A train flew through town in the middle of the event, causing a scare as law enforcement officers moved to clear Trick-or-Treaters off the tracks quickly. Wright says BPD filed all appropriate paperwork requesting a slow moving train ahead of the event.