ITHACA, NY – Dozens of families stopped at the Ithaca Wegmans on Thursday to kick off a weekend full of Halloween (and/or Harry Potter) festivities.

The cafe area of Wegmans was turned into a family-friendly space full of activities and treats for the kids. Of course, the highlight for many kids undoubtedly collecting candy (including some gluten-free candy, of course, because Ithaca) from the mini trick-or-treat route set up in the area.

Treats weren’t limited to candy either, as the classic fall combo of apple cider and donuts were also available.

Ithaca’s youngest police officer, 9-year-old Colin Hayward Toland, was also on hand to greet newcomers and give them their first treat. Oh, and Chief John Barber was there too.

Aside from all the sugary goodies, attendees could partake in fun activities like coloring or puppet-making, or get a photo-op in front of the spooky scenery of their choice.

Here are few photos from the event:

(All photos by Jeannette Smith.)

Michael Smith

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