Frightful weather can't dampen kids' Halloween spirits
Westport's annual Halloween parade got washed out by Thursday's frightful weather, but even though the Main Street march was moved inside to Town Hall, kids scared up plenty of fun.
Kids came colorfully dressed to the holiday treat, decked out as everything from M&M candies to bumblebees, Star Wars characters, princesses, witches, candy corn, plush animals and creatures that defied categories.
"They're so fun. They're so cute. We love it every year," said Annie Alcaraz, a secretary in the Planning and Zoning Department who handed out treats to the young tricksters crowding the hallways of the seat of town government.
"We went through four huge bags of candy," she said.
In addition to municipal office workers who welcomed the youngsters, members of the Police Athletic League handed out more than 300 toys, and while employees of nearby Oscar's Deli joined in giving away candy, they also offered up a decidedly different treat -- pickles. In addition to PAL, co-sponsors were the town's Parks and Recreation Department and the Downtown Merchants Association.
Despite the damp weather, the event's relocation to Town Hall didn't really dampen any spirits.
"It's more personal inside," said Westporter Charlene Rossi, whose children were dressed in animal suits.
Westport mom Sharon Yuan saw a positive aspect to the move to Town Hall: "I don't have to worry about them running around in the street."
Pete Spera, who accompanied his son Luke, dressed as a skeleton, was one of few dads at the event.
He said the Halloween party is a great excuse for children to get out and about. "Too many kids are inside playing on the computer all the time," he said.
A few parents even joined in the spirit of the occasion, turning out in costume for the event.
Westport dad Steve Goldstein, dressed as Dracula, blended in with his children, who looked equally frightening.
"I love to dress up and be another character for a night," said the account executive.