Thousands visit Hanover Avenue for Halloween tradition

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Halloween tradition on Hanover Avenue that dates as far back as the 1970’s is getting national attention. The Wall Street Journal calls it one of the best trick-or-treat spots in the entire country.

Walking along Hanover Avenue, it’s hard to believe how a group of neighbors could put together something so spook-tacular.

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For Michael Congdon, Halloween is the whole reason he moved here.

“I knew exactly what I was getting into,” said Michael Congdon. “When I was in college, I lived a few blocks away and when I saw this, ‘I said I got to live on this street and I got to live on this block.’”

Congdon even remembers how his neighbors first introduced themselves.

“Welcome to the neighborhood,” his neighbor told him. “By the way we take Halloween real serious.”

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This year, his theme was Star Wars and he even had his mom join in on the Halloween fun.

“I love this,” said Lynn Davis, Congdon’s mother. “It just brings you back to your childhood. It’s fun, it’s very family oriented. It’s just a fun night for everybody.”

Congdon said him and his neighbors pass out thousands of pieces of candy each year.

“This year, we went small cause it’s on a Monday night so we only have 5,000 pieces of candy,” said Congdon. “Last year we had 10,000 pieces of candy and we usually run out by 8 o’clock.”

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