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Geneseo Road Causes Trick Or Treat Trouble

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Orange is the color of Halloween, but too much of it kept trick or treaters off one main drag in the QCA.

Geneseo has been rebuilding one of its main streets.

The project is still ongoing, leaving trick or treaters testing a new strategy this year.

9-year-old Isaac says, "There's a lot of candy, it's right next to main street, so we get a lot of company, and there's a hill at the end which is really fun to ride."

Both Isaac and his younger brother Aaron say Halloween on State street is usually pretty good.

"There's good decorations, at one of the houses, there's this mouse and a mousetrap and it will snap and stuff," says Aaron.

This year though, they'll have to find somewhere else.

"Main street, and, I might hit Richmond Hill," says Aaron.

Road construction has State street completely torn up at one end. Large holes, heavy machinery, and fresh mud convinced the city to say no to Halloween festivities there. Parents says they're ok with the decision.

"I was hoping they would cancel it, we don't have lights up, there's still the mud, the streets are done, sidewalks are iffy, it's absolutely much safer not to have the kids this year," says parent Jonathan Grafft.

Vicky Wyffels says, "For trick or treating definitely, because there are not streetlights after dark, I wouldn't want my kids out if they were little."

Kids though only worry about one thing. Will they get as much candy as usual?

"Usually a bucket full but now I will get a little bit less since we don't have State street," says Aidan Grafft.

The city's public works director says a little rain has slowed the project right now, but he says the whole project is on schedule to be completed by the end of November.

Once complete the area will have new sewers and roads.

The city is also replacing dozens of trees it had to cut down to complete the project.

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