Sandy Didn't Stop Halloween From Coming! [Photos And Video]

"Maybe Halloween ...perhaps...means a little bit more!" It did this year in Madison for children and their parents. It meant a small--and fun--step towards getting back to normal. Thanks to those who organized it and those who participated!


Editor's note: Did you attend? Share your photos! Did you celebrate Halloween another way? We'd love to see those photos too. We'll be uploading more photos as well later today.

After Superstorm Sandy hit Madison, leaving downed wires and the vast majority of the town's residents without power, and leaving all too many residents with trees toppled in their yards, or even on their houses, the big question Tuesday night was ... was Halloween coming?

The town's highest ranking officials had a meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, the day of Halloween. In addition to a variety of other issues, Halloween was discussed. The decision was made shortly before noon and was delivered to the town's residents. Halloween was on.

The town decided to sponsor a Trunk or Treat celebration in the center of the downtown, and the whole town was invited, even those who might go trick-or-treating afterwards, if parents determined their neighborhood was safe enough.

The event started at 4 p.m. and ran to about 6 p.m. and it was attended by hundreds of the town's residents, who were happy to have a break from dealing with the aftermath of Sandy.

"I have to commend the town today on Trunk or Treat! My aunt ran out of candy but her daughter and my two little ones had so much fun!," said Erin Leigh on the Madison Patch Facebook Page. "In wake of the destruction not only in our little town but all up and down the East Coast it was so nice to get out laugh and forget the tragedy for a while. My kids are only 2 and 3 and I don't know if they'll remember this Halloween, but I know I will! Thank you Madison it was amazing and truly a wonderful event!"

That was the good news.

And even better?

No school Thursday (or Friday) for the kids who go to Madison Public Schools. Sandy left a lot of problems for many of us to deal with, but at least she resolved the issue of whether to have Halloween on a school night.

kelly klein November 01, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Great idea - excellent way to keep kids safe, entertained and re-invigorate the community at a time when people could use a little normalcy. The kids had a great time. It might be nice to keep it up for coming years, when the downtown is open as a way to support local businesses - not instead of trick or treating, but as a complimentary activity. Local businesses could set up their 'trunks' or tables too!
Jean Russman November 01, 2012 at 02:30 PM
What an incredible even - someone was reaaly thinking! Many areas have gone to the "village" concept for Halloween - I think this concept should be continued in Madison. Great Video too!
Pem McNerney November 01, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Thanks to Debra for uploading pictures!
Tracy Creller November 01, 2012 at 05:42 PM
This was a fantastic event. The kids had a great time and what an excellent way to celebrate Halloween for the kids. Everyone was happy and very excited. Great job - let's make this am annual event
Rachael November 02, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Thank you to all who organized. You saved Halloween! The kids had a wonderful time.It would be great to have it every year.


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