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Hundreds enjoy Treat Street

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Isaiah Green, 5, of Houghton, receives a treat from Belinda Copeland at The Den as his mother, Laurel Green, looks on. Green dressed as a seal, his favorite animal.

HOUGHTON — Ghouls, beats, ghosts and superheroes all mingled in an early Halloween celebration during Houghton’s 12th annual Treat Street celebration Saturday.

The event returned after a one-year layoff due to COVID. As a precaution, there was no haunted house at the city center, though the city had a walkthrough area outside. Hundreds of trick-or-treaters circled Shelden Avenue to get candy and have fun.

Though exact numbers were hard to gauge, the return of Treat Street had the street filled, said Houghton Police Lt. Nick Roberts, who organized the event.

“We’re happy to get people back out again,” he said. “We’ve been cooped up for a couple years now. So I think everybody’s been waiting for an event like this to get back out and start enjoying life.”

The event also had vendors ranging from the farmer’s market to food trucks.

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Sky Sushi owner Curly Zhang gives candy to Simon Gross, 9, during Treat Street Saturday.

“It’s a phenomenal success this year, and we appreciate all the help,” Roberts said. “And we appreciate all the help and support that the community gives us putting this on.”

Traffic was rerouted to Lakeshore Drive so families could wander freely. Amanda Richards of Calumet and her son Andrew, 5, walked down the middle of the street in a paired costume: her as Cookie Monster, Andrew as a cookie.

“I saw this costume at Goodwill, and then Andrew got excited,” she said. “I said, ‘Well, you can be a cookie,’ and he said yes.”

On the Vault parking deck, the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce had several games and activities for kids. Brianna Stephenson helped her daughter, Ella, 2, as she rode a pony.

Stephenson was glad to have Treat Street back.

“I make my kids’ costumes every year, and they just like to see their friends,” she said. “And it’s during the day, so we’re not out at night.”

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