Nan Sutton can't just give a child a piece of candy.
Instead, each costumed trick-or-treater will receive several sweets when they stop at her shop Thursday during the annual Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Beaufort.
"A portion of them probably don't have great neighborhoods to trick-or-treat in, so this gives them a chance to go out somewhere safe," said Sutton, who owns Lulu Burgess on Bay Street and has roughly 125 pounds of candy stockpiled for Thursday. "And I absolutely love children."
To keep pedestrians safe, Port Republic and Bay streets will be closed to traffic between Charles and Carteret streets from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cars parked on Bay Street will be allowed to exit.
At The Beaufort Inn on Port Republic Street, front desk supervisor Adele Miranda supports the extra road closure and already has her pumpkin costume picked out.
"We don't want anyone getting hurt when they are trick-or-treating. It's supposed to be a fun time, not a scary time," she said.
Parents are encouraged to accompany their children while they collect candy from merchants on Bay, Scott, Charles and Port Republic streets and the West Street Extension.
Trick-or-treating will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m., after which the movie "Beetlejuice" will be shown in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. The Preserve of Port Royal is sponsoring the free movie. Main Street Beaufort USA is presenting the trick-or-treating, with the Beaufort Police Department and The Beaufort Gazette as co-sponsors.
"Trick-or-treating was great when we were little, and it's not that prevalent any more," said Miranda, who made sure to schedule herself for work Thursday night. "I'm so exited to see the kids in their costumes."
She's excited about her costume, too.
"I'm going to be there dressed in my pumpkin outfit."
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