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FULTON - Downtown businesses welcomed about 1200 children for trick-or-treating Monday afternoon.

The program, called Downtown Trick-or-Treat, ran from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and was designed to promote a safe environment for children to celebrate Halloween. Police shut down traffic so the kids could walk around downtown without any cars.

Fulton resident, Lisa Thompson, was excited about the program. 

"It's wonderful," said Thompson. "It's a safe environment for all the kids. They get to walk through and see all the other kids. I hope they continue the program in the future."

Thompson took her cousin to the downtown trick-or-treating. She said they planned on continuing to trick-or-treat in their neighborhood until it got dark.

For another Fulton resident, the downtown program was the only trick-or-treating her son would be doing.

"We'll go home and spend tonight with family and friends," said Jenna Repper. "I like this because we don't have to worry about going out in the dark and trick-or-treating."

Children in fifth grade and younger were the only ones allowed to participate in the program. Kids showed up in full costume and traveled door to door at businesses, trick-or-treating for candy. The kids also had an opportunity to get their pictures taken with the local newspaper at the courthouse.