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Monsters march on despite COVID

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Despite rising case numbers and concerns over COVID-19, Buffalo's annual Monster March marched on. An extra hour was added, gloves were required by all candy providers and masks were expected of everyone in hopes of promoting safety at the event. Kids circled around the downtown businesses, collecting candy. 

Ryder Morrison, 2, holds open his candy bag as he looks to the next candy stop

Ryder Morrison, 2, holds open his candy bag as he looks to the next candy stop on Oct. 30. Ryder was dressed as a scarecrow.

Buffalo’s annual Monster March was held through downtown

Buffalo’s annual Monster March was held through downtown on Oct. 30. Because of COVID-19 concerns, the event was extended in length by one hour in hopes of spreading kids out more. Additionally, everyone handing out candy was required to wear both gloves and a mask to promote safety.

Maycee Kulze, 8, drops candy in the pumpkin of a trick-or-treater

Maycee Kulze, 8, drops candy in the pumpkin of a trick-or-treater on Oct. 30 on the edge of the square. Kulze was one of several kids who was dressed up and helping the businesses to hand out candy.

Kelli Wilson hugs Bryce Walter

Kelli Wilson hugs Bryce Walter as he passes by the 307 Real Estate table on Friday. Everyone at the 307 Real Estate table was dressed up as Dr. Seuss and Thing 1, 2 and 3.

Claire Kozisek, 11, Paislee Stevens, 10, Anya Krueger, 11, and Halle Crozier, 11, stand in the middle of the bridge

From left, Claire Kozisek, 11, Paislee Stevens, 10, Anya Krueger, 11, and Halle Crozier, 11, stand in the middle of the bridge as they wait for the rest of their friends to arrive on Oct. 20. The four were dressed up as a punk rocker, Dale Brisby, Alvin the chipmunk and Dale’s sidekick Donnie, respectively.

Brinley Howe, Kodi Boden, Mckalia McIntosh and Sydney Howe pose

From left, unicorn Brinley Howe, 4, and 10-year-old zombie softball players Kodi Boden, Mckalia McIntosh and Sydney Howe pose for a “scary” group picture on  Oct. 30. The group was finishing up their lap through downtown as they stopped at the Chamber of Commerce table.

Flamingo Roxanne Ostlund drops a red kazoo into the bad of Norah Money

Flamingo Roxanne Ostlund drops a red kazoo into the bad of Norah Money, 5, on Friday. The kazoos were being handed out on behalf of CPAs Mohatt, Johnson & Godwin.

Wayne Kocurek and Priscilla Delgado dressed up for the monster march

Wayne Kocurek and Priscilla Delgado dressed up for the Monster March in old Western attire and stood in front of the Occidental during the Monster March on Oct. 30. The pair wanted to hand out candy but didn’t want to follow the mask requirement so they instead just dressed up and came out to watch.

Wyatt Sommers, 4, talks with the Beast outside of the Occidental

Wyatt Sommers, 4, talks with the Beast outside of the Occidental on Friday. Sommers was dressed up like Spiderman and was talking with his friend Joe Johnson, owner of the Virginian, who was playing the main character from "Beauty and the Beast." Wyatt handed the Beast a bag of sour patch kids at one point which the Beast stuffed entirely in his mouth.

Ophelia Johnston, 6, reaches up to touch the flapping OPEN sign as her brother Parker looks up

Ophelia Johnston, 6, reaches up to touch the flapping OPEN sign as her brother Parker, 4, looks up at it on Friday. The group was passing Sports Lure before continuing on to the end of the street and crossing to First National Bank.

Friday’s Monster March included characters new and old including Luigi

Friday’s Monster March included characters new and old, including one Luigi. The extra hour allowed for families and kids to spread out more between businesses and between each other.

Vampire Brooke Chapman, left, and fox Ellie Staebler dug through their bags

Vampire Brooke Chapman, left, and fox Ellie Staebler dug through their newly collected stash of candy on the bridge after completing their lap through town. The two agreed that their favorite type of candy was the Jolly Rancher suckers.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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