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FARMINGTON – Downtown Farmington businesses welcomed trick or treaters Saturday evening during the annual Boopalooza event.

The event serves as a safe opportunity for children to collect candy and participate in Halloween games.

Vanessa Tanner took her daughter, Mikayla Tanner, 2, to Boopalooza for the first time this year.

While she and her daughter plan on trick or treating in their neighborhood, Tanner said Boopalooza feels safer, partially because it has a lot of security, such as police officers patrolling on foot and on bicycle. She said she was enjoying the popular event.

“Everybody’s dressed up, so you’re just looking at all the costumes,” she said.

Even businesses not located in the downtown district took the opportunity to set up booths and hand out candy to children.

Waste Management representatives brought a large garbage truck to the event, and handed out coloring books and pamphlets. Isha Cogborn, a company spokeswoman, said the company was using the opportunity to educate the community about recycling opportunities. She said everyone within the city limits can utilize the curb-side recycling program.

“At the end of the day, we know that it makes a huge difference,” she said about recycling.

While the coloring books and pamphlets provided educational material, Cogborn said the truck was one of the main things attracting children to the booth.

Lines of children and their families formed in front of each business and booth that was offering candy.

Tanja Higginbotham, a sales associate and office manager for Brown’s Shoe Fit Company, took pictures while handing out the candy.

This is the sixth time she has been part of Boopalooza, and her favorite part is seeing all the children in their costumes.

“They’re all so cute,” she said. “There’s no way you can pick the favorite.”

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 6

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