Thea Digiammerino

Trick-or-Treaters Brave Rainy Halloween Night

The weather was no issue for action heroes, royalty or aliens.

Though some communities decided to postpone Halloween activities, others still went ahead.

A little rain and gusty winds did not stop thousands from heading to New Britain’s Downtown Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone on Thursday.

“It’s kind of rough, the weather. But they made it happen. It’s nice out here,” said Pedro Gomez of New Britain.

As police blocked off streets, trick-or-treaters stopped at spots downtown where about 100,000 pieces of candy were expected to be handed out.

“Going door-to-door, close by. Everything is close by. I mean you know everyone,” said Diana Perez of New Britain.

Organizers say they weren’t going to let a potentially scary weather stop this 8th annual event from going off.

“Halloween is on October 31. It’s not November 1, November 2. And you know if it rains a little bit we’re alright,” said Mayor Erin Stewart (R).

Crowds were a little quieter in Wallingford on North Main Street.

“It’s a little windy. I think it’s warm. But we are running with kids and a little bit of rain. But it’s nice now,” said Laura Canby of Wolcott.

“The rain was a bummer but I think we have a great night,” said Pedro Cantarelli, who was visiting from Brazil.

Usually police block off this area of town.

“It’s good to come out here. The neighborhood is good. It’s really fun,” said Noel Ramirez of Wallingford.

But this community was among several in the state that decided to postpone official activities until the weekend because of weather concerns and public safety.

“It was kind of rescheduled for Saturday but we didn’t want to disappoint the kids because some would come out no matter what,” said Susan Vogt of Wallingford.

Vogt will welcome candy crusaders twice this week and is just hopeful the decorations hold up.

“They’re looking good, little damp. Will put the dehumidifier and dry them out for Saturday,” said Vogt.

Naugatuck was another town that postponed streets closures for trick-or-treaters until Saturday.

Police say that decision was based also on the forecast and community concerns.

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