After two years of scary weather -- Hurricane Sandy last year and a freak Halloween snowstorm the year before -- the town's annual Halloween parade stepped off Tuesday afternoon with only a minor hitch.

It stalled after the costumed cadre proceeded only about 100 feet up Main Street.

But this time it was candy, not Sandy, that threw the marchers off stride.

Around 100 pre-school age youngsters, with parents and guardians in tow, came downtown for the event.

"We've been coming to this for seven years," said Nancy Pires of Fairfield. "I love the hometown feel and the community involvement," which includes costumes and candy distributed by many Main Street stores.

Before the crowd had hit mid-point on Main Street, many of the kids were lured off the route by generous treats offered by store owners along the way. It was a delicious detour from their ultimate destination of Veterans Green, where more treats and fun awaited.

Regardless, there were many happy faces and an array of colorful costumes, ranging from super heroes and princesses to creatures of every stripe (and spot) to robots and wizards ... and more.

"I just love how the whole town comes together for the event and celebrates this fun, cool holiday," Pires said.

The annual event was sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, Downtown Merchants Association and Westport P.A.L.