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Kids, adults enjoy Halloween event in Duluth

Ryan Williams got in on the fun with his twins Emaline and Benjamin, dressing up as power rangers for Duluth’s Halloween event Saturday. (Staff Photo: Camie Young)

Ryan Williams got in on the fun with his twins Emaline and Benjamin, dressing up as power rangers for Duluth’s Halloween event Saturday. (Staff Photo: Camie Young)

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Emily Cieslewicz, left, and Cora Leitch look out over the Halloween on the Green event in Duluth Saturday, waiting for a pie walk contest to begin. (Staff Photo: Camie Young)

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Maddux Sherrill wears an elephant costume at Duluth’s Halloween on the Green event Saturday, as his father Austin points out an attraction. (Staff Photo: Camie Young)

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Natalia Acosta, 9, decorates a puppet during the daytime family-friendly festivities at Duluth’s Halloween on the Green event Saturday. (Staff Photo: Camie Young)

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Eddie Thomas from Columbus, Ohio dresses up as the grim reaper during the Halloween On The Green at the Duluth Town Green Saturday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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Lead singer Nick Howrey and guitarist Gavin Krick along with the rest of The Free Byrds Band members perform during the Halloween On The Green at the Duluth Town Green Saturday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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Tiffany Goodman, left, and Hope Mobley dress as zombies for the evening festivities at Duluth’s Howl on the Green Saturday, an adult complement to the day’s Halloween on the Green event. (Staff Photo: Camie Young)

DULUTH — The daytime was for superheroes, butterflies and princesses.

At Duluth’s Halloween on the Green event Saturday, the scariest character may have been the big bad wolf, or one handsome little devil.

But when the sun went down, the treats were gone and the tricks were on. Zombies roamed the Town Green and ghost tours caused a fright after the children went home that night.

“We love ‘The Walking Dead,’ so that’s what inspired this,” Tiffany Goodman said of her zombie nurse outfit and makeup donned for the evening’s festivities, dubbed “Howl on the Green.”

Goodman said she loves to hang out at the Town Green, but she never expected to see a zombie flash mob, like she did Saturday.

The day and night paired events were intended to embody everything about Halloween, said event coordinator Maggie Waddell, who worked to expand from the typical downtown trick-or-treating.

With a choreographer who worked with Cher leading a dance troupe and makeup artists from the popular show Goodman enjoys — even a mummy aerialist — Waddell hoped to up the vibe in one of Gwinnett’s town centers.

“We want to be an event town,” she said “We want people to get excited about Duluth.”

Duluth resident Ryan Williams decided to get in on the fun during the family-friendly event earlier in the day, dressing as a Power Ranger to match his 4-year-old twins Emaline and Benjamin.

“I’ll feel foolish for these few days (for them),” he said through a mask.

Jessica Phon brought her family back to the Duluth event this year, driving from Mableton to meet up with family and enjoy the holiday event with her 3-year-old daughter Valentina, who dressed as a flying unicorn but took off the head covering as the temperatures rose Saturday afternoon.

“You get your money’s worth with the costume,” Phon said of allowing her daughter to dress up before Thursday’s trick-or-treating.

Kelly Hansard watched as her sons had their faces painted to augment their tiger orange shirts.

“It’s cool. The kids are loving it,” she said.