A Brief Respite From Rain Meant A Small Window For Halloween Fun
Trick-or-Treaters were granted a reprieve on Thursday evening. Those who headed out early for Halloween enjoyed a break in the rain that had been drenching the region for much of the day.
Meteorologists all week had been saying Halloween would be rainy and windy. Fortunately, the rain stopped and the sun even made a brief appearance late Thursday afternoon.
Omens appeared early in the week, as ghosts ringed a flower bed at 38 Main Street, hand-in-hand. Morning light Wednesday fell on skeletal figures perched in chairs, where none had been the night before. Arms stretched up from the ground as devilish entities attempted to escape the grave on All Hallow’s Eve.
In years past, the youngest costumed revelers who go to the homes on Main Street — where up to 3,000 people have visited in recent years, traveling from across town and from neighboring towns and cities to visit Newtown’s busiest Halloween location — have been seen as early as 4 pm. This year, the arrivals were a little later, with many people waiting until 4:30 pm before beginning their trek to and then along Main Street.
By 5 pm, a steady stream of people of all ages was seen making their way up Church Hill Road. Most stopped at the office of The Newtown Bee, where employees were ready with candy to hand out.
Undeterred by dangling skulls or spiderwebs were children eagerly rushing door-to-door, scoring sweets. From one side of the street to the other they marched, capes flapping and fangs glistening, from as far south as the police station and as far north as The Soldiers and Sailors monument. Beginning at dusk and carrying on past dark, even as rain drenched their horns and daggers, children enjoyed their holiday.
Ghouls grew in number as darkness fell, keeping Halloween’s Main Street tradition — a parade of Trick-or-Treaters — going this year, despite the frighteningly wet forecast. A few umbrellas added to the colorful tableau of monsters crowding the sidewalks and stoops of Main Street residences. High winds started up again around 6 pm, and increased for the next few hours.
Greg Smith, who lives with his wife and children on Main Street (and whose family owns Bee Publishing Company), noticed a definite downtick of activity this year.
“The northern section of Main Street began to wane at 6:15, when the rain started again, and it was all but finished by 7:30,” Mr Smith said Friday morning. “The rain and wind really picked up again, and after an hour of that I think everyone was really done with it.”