BILOXI -- Halloween may be a week away, but there were plenty of tricks and treats Saturday at Halloween Around the Town Green in Biloxi.
Children competed in a costume contest at 4 p.m., then there was trick-or-treating along a row of booths set up by area businesses.
"This is a great way for parents to enjoy festivities with their kids in a safe environment," volunteer Missy Steemholt said. "It's a blast for the kids and everything goes to a good cause."
Concession sales benefit Nativity BVM Elementary School and admission to the event was a canned good to help replenish the Salvation Army's pantry.
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"Kids line up every year to fill their little bucket of candy up," Steemholt said. "We've made sure there is plenty of candy to go around."
Along with the contest and trick-or-treating, activities and a bounce house were set up throughout the Town Green for kids to enjoy.
"The city does a great job with this event," resident John Brauchle said. "It's something the entire family can come out and enjoy."
Brauchle's grandson, Jack Carron, 1, took home third place in the costume contest's 4-and-under age group.
Jack's family took pictures as the third-place trophy was placed on his homemade mousetrap wagon.
"His (other grandfather) built the mousetrap for the wagon," Brauchle said. "I think we might be having more fun at this than he is."
After trick or treating, families could stay and enjoy the movie "Race to Witch Mountain" played on a projection screen.
"I think the kids like that it's a week before Halloween," Blaine Russell of Ocean Springs said. "This gives them two weekends to get as much candy as they can."
Russell and his two kids stood in line waiting for the trick-or-treating to begin at 6 p.m. as hundreds of costumed munchkins arrived at the Town Green.
"Once the kids get their costumes, they want to wear it every day," he said. "This even would be every weekend if it was up to them."