Downtown merchants, farmers market welcome trick-or-treaters

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published October 13, 2021

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ROCHESTER — Families can get a head start on trick-or-treating — and get some extra use of their costumes — by visiting downtown Rochester this month.

Over 40 downtown businesses will hand out goodies to costumed children 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 16 during the Trick-Or-Treat event in downtown Rochester.

“It’s just a fun day for the family to get out on a Saturday, get dressed up for Halloween and get some free candy,” said Jenna O’Dell, the events coordinator for the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.

Trick-or-treater traffic will be one-way only on each side of Main Street. The east side of Main will run north, and the west side will run south. Participating businesses will be marked with window signage. Trick-Or-Treating in Downtown Rochester is presented by Genisys Credit Union.

Christina Licari, who owns Kimi K Salon in downtown Rochester, said she has participated in the event many times over the years. Licari makes sure she blocks out a few hours of her evening each year to personally hand out treats on the sidewalk.

“This is one of my favorite downtown Rochester events,” she said. “It is so fun to see how excited the children are as I watch them grow up year after year.”

After trick-or-treating downtown, children and their parents can meet in the public parking lot at the corner of East University and Water Street to participate in a costume parade beginning at 5:15 p.m. They will be joined by a police car and a firetruck and will proceed south on Water Street, ending at the Rochester Fire Department.

After the parade, families can head to the Halloween Fest 5-7 p.m. in the farmer’s market parking lot at E. Third and Water streets. The Halloween Fest will include holiday-themed goodies, crafts, fresh doughnuts from The Little Donut Factory, Big Don’s Balloons and a photo opportunity with Ecto-1 and the Metro Detroit Ghostbusters. The Linda Rea Team will be donating pumpkins to the first 200 trick-or-treaters who stop by their pumpkin patch.

O’Dell reminds the community to dress for the weather the day of the event and bring bags to hold all the goodies.

The following Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 23, kids who visit the Rochester Farmers Market will receive candy and special treats from vendors. Parents and their kids are invited to come out in costumes rain or shine.

While kids collect free goodies and treats, parents can purchase apples, squash, sweet corn, pumpkins and other fresh fall produce.

Children can participate in a Halloween-themed craft at the market, at the corner of East Third and Water streets.

The Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market will continue to run every Saturday through Oct. 30. For more information, call (248) 656-0060 or visit