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Annual Revelers Haunt Main Street

Published: November 03, 2017 at 12:00 am

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40 Main Street homeowner John Madzula, right, smiles as he watches the steady stream of trick-or-treaters help themselves to candy. --Bee Photo, Bobowick
40 Main Street homeowner John Madzula, right, smiles as he watches the steady stream of trick-or-treaters help themselves to candy. --Bee Photo, Bobowick
The Balcony House, 34 Main Street, was a popular stop Tuesday. As with other houses, the line of children and parents dressed for Halloween stretched along the sidewalk.	-Bee Photos, Bobowick
The Balcony House, 34 Main Street, was a popular stop Tuesday. As with other houses, the line of children and parents dressed for Halloween stretched along the sidewalk. -Bee Photos, Bobowick
As it does every year, Halloween drew thousands of trick-or-treaters to Newtown's Main Street and adjoining streets on Tuesday, October 31. Beginning in late afternoon, costumed children and parents filled their bags, baskets, and purple pumpkins as…
As it does every year, Halloween drew thousands of trick-or-treaters to Newtown's Main Street and adjoining streets on Tuesday, October 31. Beginning in late afternoon, costumed children and parents filled their bags, baskets, and purple pumpkins as they went from house to house. Mary Pat Frobey tricked children with her disembodied hand while she treated them to candy at 18 Main Street, Jim and Stephanie Gaston's house. --Bee Photo, Bobowick
"Inmate" Ben Champagne hands candy to guests Tuesday evening. He borrowed his sister Sarah Phillips's front stoop at 35 Main Street. Behind him are his wife Andrea holding daughter Ava, and son Noah, dressed in a SWAT outfit. --Bee Photo, Bobowick
"Inmate" Ben Champagne hands candy to guests Tuesday evening. He borrowed his sister Sarah Phillips's front stoop at 35 Main Street. Behind him are his wife Andrea holding daughter Ava, and son Noah, dressed in a SWAT outfit. --Bee Photo, Bobowick
"Tooth Fairy" Dr Joshua Baum placed a new toothbrush into this aspiring firefighter's bucket. --Bee Photo, Bobowick
"Tooth Fairy" Dr Joshua Baum placed a new toothbrush into this aspiring firefighter's bucket. --Bee Photo, Bobowick
Grace Family Church puts out games and refreshments each year at the Edmond Town Hall. Many guests stop for popcorn and to test their luck on one of many games. --Bee Photo, Bobowick
Grace Family Church puts out games and refreshments each year at the Edmond Town Hall. Many guests stop for popcorn and to test their luck on one of many games. --Bee Photo, Bobowick
For the first time this year, Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps members handed out treats safe for children with allergies, and other "safe toys," to the hundreds of costumed guests passing through the Newtown Police Department parking lot, Tuesday…
For the first time this year, Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps members handed out treats safe for children with allergies, and other "safe toys," to the hundreds of costumed guests passing through the Newtown Police Department parking lot, Tuesday evening. -Bee Photos, Bobowick

Stiff fingers reached for children's hair. Teasing their attention away with candy, Mary Pat Frobey clutched a bloodied, disembodied hand, and moved it tenderly through trick-or-treaters' locks at James and Stephanie Gaston's house, 18 Main Street.


Halloween night on Tuesday, October 31, found a swarm of demons, monsters, fairies, and frights - children, parents, and homeowners alike - filling sidewalks and front lawns from the police station at 3 Main Street, up past the flagpole, and just beyond Currituck Road.


With the sun still shining above rooflines at 4:30 that afternoon, younger children were harbingers to the candy-and-thrill-seeking flood that would soon clog the street. Sharing a seat with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and tattered pirate's clothes hanging off the long-gone sailor's bones was Nick Wolf, greeting guests at 48 Main Street. Behind him in a second-story window was a haunt invisible until darkness came. Soon showing its shimmering colors was a restless ghost sliding restlessly around a large window frame.


John Madzula, 40 Main Street, made an emergency trip to the grocery store Tuesday evening as he realized his candy stash would not be enough for the relentless trick-or-treaters. After reaching into his emptying trays, the parade swarmed away. Friends Erin Howe, Lauren Uffer, and Jordan Almeida joined the queue at each residence, filling bags with treats as they went.


Brid Craddock, 59 Main Street, gave out candy with help from her daughter, Katie Pessin, and Erik Muzzey. Just a few doors away were games and goodies filling the Edmond Town Hall lawn, courtesy of Grace Family Church, Newtown. Sharing the space was Mt Pleasant Hospital for


Animals, with a booth set up there. Mary Simpson's dog, Ty, sat patiently as many hands reached to stroke her fur. A few feet away was Dr Joshua Baum's "skeleton crew" (office staff), helping him to get new toothbrushes into children's hands. Dressed as the Tooth Fairy with tissue paper wings and white stocking, Dr Baum greeted hundreds of eager faces on Tuesday.


At his sister Sarah Phillips's house, 35 Main Street, Ben Champagne with his wife Andrea, and son and daughter Noah and Ava, were excited for the revelry.


Far down the hill at the Newtown Police Department, and for the first time this year, were the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corp crew members. According to Dan Craigin and Patty Prestera, they were handing out "safe toys," including glow sticks, and toys for children with allergies.
Dashing for the other side of the street at the crosswalk near Glover Avenue was one masked-monster shouting, "Mom, I can't see a thing."


Passing by the Mario Brothers decorations at Kim and Palmer Chiappetta's house, 6 Main Street, another ghoul yelled, "So spooky." As moonlight brightened a dark sky, other characters lurked: one father dressed as a dragon led his little girl, a princess, from house to house. Bouncing above the crowd was a single red balloon. Carrying the balloon, an unlucky sight from the Stephen King book, It, was "the character that got dragged into the sewer," as the killer clown sought its victims. Another man led toy dogs on a leash - the dog walker statue at The Pleasance on the corner of Main and Route 302.


Shadows deepened into night and the parade continued until candy supplies ran out. Unofficial counts of between 2,050 and 2,300 trick-or-treaters visited residences in the center of town this year.

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

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“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
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Newtown Day, October 6
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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