Area kids and families who are gearing up for next week’s Columbus Downtown Business Association’s “Trick-Or-Treat Thursday” should prepare for a special treat.

Staff members at The Columbus Telegram hope area children will, from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, stop by the news media’s downtown office, 1254 27th Ave., in their best Halloween attire. As part of the DBA free celebration, The Telegram will give kids of all ages the chance to get some Halloween candy, show off their costumes ahead of Oct. 31 and have their photos taken at no cost.

All of the photos will be available for people to view online by the end of the day Friday. Telegram staff will then pick a select number of photos featuring some of their favorite costumes to appear in special Halloween pages of the Saturday, Oct. 26, print edition.

“People still love seeing themselves in the paper. And our readers love seeing people they know in our paper,” Telegram Regional Publisher Vincent Laboy said. “So just imagine how fun it will be to see multiple little ghouls and goblins in the paper. That’s what we hope to accomplish.”

Hosting the “Ghouls and Goblins” photo session is also about giving residents a chance to meet the people who work hard to keep the community informed online and in print – something The Telegram has been doing for decades.

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“The Telegram has gone through a huge change over the past couple years. During that time, we had to focus more inward,” Laboy said. “But one thing didn’t change: Our employees are still part of this community. We live here, we shop here and we have families here.

“We are hosting Trick-or-Treat photos because that is one way we can have fun, utilize our skills and give back to our community.”

Of course, those who come downtown should plan on sticking around for plenty of fun throughout the historic district. Kids and their parents will be able to travel from door to door throughout downtown (businesses with orange signs out front are participating) to collect goodies, while also enjoying some fun activities in Frankfort Square. It’s all free to all children wearing Halloween costumes.

Telegram Managing Editor Matt Lindberg said staff members are excited to mingle with the community and give them a look into the newsroom world while also providing a safe and fun space for kids and families to have fun.

“We’re looking forward to being able to celebrate Halloween early with members of our community and giving kids an opportunity to show off their costumes by publishing their pictures in a photo gallery on our website and in print,” Lindberg said. “We hope people come out to partake, as well as check out all of the neat things happening downtown that day. It’s another good chance to witness the fun energy that exists downtown these days thanks to many local businesses.”

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