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EDITORIAL: Powelloween: A tradition for trick-or-treaters

Support the businesses that support our community

One of downtown Powell’s busiest days of the year is Halloween. Come rain, shine, wind or snow, dozens of trick-or-treaters trek up and down the sidewalks, getting candy from local businesses as part of Powelloween.

The annual event provides a safe place for children to trick or treat during daylight hours. It’s a festive community tradition that Powell families have come to count on each October. This year’s event will run from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday.

While Halloween is a busy day for local businesses, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a profitable one. Parents carting costume-clad children from store to store rarely have time to shop during Powelloween.

But we encourage families to return to local businesses after Halloween, when the stores are quieter and kids’ sugar high has waned. As November arrives, with the holiday season on its heels, make a point to shop locally for Christmas presents. While it may not be possible to find every gift on your list in our small town, many items are available locally. Our downtown would be stronger if more residents chose to shop locally first, before going online or across the state line.

While it’s been encouraging to see new businesses open in Powell or relocate downtown in recent months, the number of empty storefronts dotting downtown remains a concern.

As trick-or-treaters walk past the dark vacant shops, it should serve as a reminder of why it’s so important to support the businesses that faithfully provide events like Powelloween. They’re often the same businesses that give toward local youth fundraisers and other charitable causes.

Local retailers return up to 52 percent of revenue back to the local economy, according to a Civic Economics study in Utah. That’s compared to just 14 percent for national chain retailers, the study found.

Our community can’t thrive if businesses are the only ones giving back. It takes local dollars going toward local stores and restaurants.

Let’s make Powelloween just one of many busy days for our businesses.

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