More than 500 trick-or-treaters at Riverdale

More than 500 children dressed in Halloween costumes paraded through Riverdale Crossing Shopping Center, Coon Rapids, Saturday morning.

During the annual trick or treat parade hosted by shopping center owners, HJ Development, children were given candy and other goodies at many of the stores in the center.

Then they went to a large tent set up in the parking lot of the shopping center to select a free pumpkin to take home.

Treat bags were provided to the first 500 children in line and supplies ran out before the parade’s 11 a.m. start, according to Kelly Lienke of HJ Development.

HJ Development inherited the Halloween parade when it purchased the shopping center and has continued the tradition, Lienke said.

This was the 19th year of the Riverdale Crossing event for children, she said.

Before the parade began, two men on stilts and the Mouldy Figs Variety Jazz Band provided entertainment.

The line started at the front door of the Cub Foods store and snaked for several rows round the side of the Cub store.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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