If the success of Seymour’s Downtown Trick or Treat was measured by how much candy was handed out, it would be safe to say it’s one of the most popular and well-attended local events of the year.
More than 1,500 children and adults, most in costume, flooded the downtown sidewalks Monday night for Seymour Main Street’s 10th annual downtown trick-or-treating.
Some costumes were scary, including monsters, witches, killer clowns and zombies, while others, like The Simpsons family, little Jane Fonda, Minions, Cousin It and presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were hilarious.
While some costumes were store bought, other families decided to use their creative talents to make costumes and save money.
A total of 61 local merchants participated Monday by standing or sitting outside their businesses to greet people and distribute candy and other goodies or by donating items to give away. Main Street members also were posted at corners, passing out treats, helping direct families and keeping an eye on motorists.
The night didn’t end with trick or treating, as members of the Seymour High School Marching Owls donned costumes, too, playing a medley of spooky music to lead the annual Halloween parade.
Band members were followed by trick or treaters, giving them the opportunity to march through the downtown showing off their costumes to those who gathered on the sides of the street to watch.
Sponsored by the Seymour Evening Lions Club, the parade is a longtime community tradition. This year marked its 50th anniversary.
After the parade, participants gathered in the American Legion Annex parking lot for the costume contest, also sponsored by the Lions. All those entering the contest received candy, and the top three winners in each category won gift certificates.
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