Children headed to the downtown square in Granbury on Friday for an early taste of Halloween. 

Two days before the spookiest day of the year on Sunday, the winds were blowing rapidly, causing Burger King's sign on South Morgan Street to fall to the ground — fortunately with no injuries. But the wind gusts did not stop newborns, toddlers, adolescents, and adults from coming out to 'trick or treat' on the Square.

Several downtown businesses made sure to be ready in the afternoon as the youngsters dropped by for some good ol' treats in their wildest costumes and posing as their favorite cartoon characters. Even some of the parents joined in the spooky festivities, dressing in costumes.  

Silver Saddle Saloon, Christina's Bistro, Pearl Street Station, First National Bank, and Arts & Letters Bookstore were a few businesses that handed out candy.  

Every year, Halloween brings out the most creative Halloween outfits and costumes. Youngsters were dressed as Superman, Wonder Woman, a dashing black cat, Pokémon, a rescue firefighter, and a Transformer. 

Eight-year-old Emerson Johnson and her six-year-old sister Dani (8 years old) were all in for this Halloween. Emerson dressed as a black kitty, and Dani was decked out as Disney character Sally in a “Nightmare Before Christmas” costume with their mother on a hunt for their favorite chocolate candy. 

At Arts & Letters Book Store, a friendly gorilla visited, high-fiving children and bringing out bright smiles.  

"We love the Hood County newspaper." the friendly gorilla said.

The Lake Granbury Medical Center Senior Circle, and Granbury First United Methodist Church also served candy this past weekend. 

INSPECTING YOUR HAUL

Here are some safety tips for checking Halloween candy that your children brought home from Sunday’s neighborhood excursions: 

Closely examine and throw away any candy that has any unusual appearance or discoloration, or any pinholes or tears in wrappers. 

Parents of young children should also remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies and small toys. 

For any questions regarding possible tainted candy, you can contact: 

Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222.