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Rain Can't Stop Trick-or-Treaters From Pre-Halloween Fun

NORMAL - You've probably heard this before. Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night can keep...trick or treaters from their candy.
NORMAL - You've probably heard this before. Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night can keep...trick or treaters from their candy.

"It's a little different from regular trick or treating because it's not as big," said John Green. "You're not walking around the whole time."

Another reason: the weather. A steady rain pounded down on this parade of trick or treaters. Pressing past their obstacles, hundreds of costumed guests, foraged on into the dark night with one key motivator.

"I think it's the candy, absolutely. But a big part of it is just dressing up and being part of something different," said Joe Ritacco, owner of Chill Out.

Even though local businesses in Uptown bought loads of candy for the guests, some thought the weather could spoil the fun.

"It's been rainy, a bit gloomy, but very nice. And thank God it's not freezing cold out it could have been much worse," said Annrika Dithen of Bloomington.

"A little bit more hard, but we brought our umbrellas," said Payton Fuller.

After finishing their journey around the neighborhood, many made their way to Uptown Station for some indoor fun, like face painting and photographs. And at the end of the day, trick or treaters agreed on one thing. It was worth it for the candy.

"Yes, and for this leaf," said trick-or-treaters Audra Schefling and Wanda Lindquist.

"I don't think anything is going to stop people from coming out for Treat Fest. It's just one of those traditions that's just going to keep going, no matter what happens," said Ritacco.

Organizers estimate that this year's turnout had more than 300 people in uptown circle. Last year, temperatures for Treatfest were in the 30s.

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