Marchae Grair correspondent

Kent streets may get rowdy and crowded for the unofficial Kent Halloween celebration called Kent Fest, but there is a quieter and more family friendly alternative for Kent residents with small children.

About two dozen businesses hosted a family friendly trick-or-treat celebration on Sunday in downtown Kent. Children could walk up to any of the participating businesses and pick a tasty treat.

Cloudy skies and raindrops did not stop business owners and Kent families from joining the Halloween fun.

"It's fun, and it gets people in the store who wouldn't normally know about us," said Cass Mayfield, the owner of McKay Bricker Gallery & Framing. "It's just a fun downtown event. We've done it every year they've had it. "

Children also had the option to journey in the Marvin Kent train, next to the Pufferbelly Restaurant, for a "haunted" dance party provided by the Kent Jaycees. Sports fans also received a special visit from the Kent State baseball team, who braved winds and raindrops to sign autographs for families.

Even children who were not in costume were happy to be in Kent, enjoying the holiday spirit.

"It's fun because I get to get candy," said Jamarion, a young Kent native who was walking around with his family. "My favorite costume I've seen so far is the Transformers because I've seen that movie lots of times."