Did the Trick-or-Treaters Come Out in Stratford?

After being twice postponed because of weather, the town of Stratford designated Saturday for town-wide trick or treating. But did kids come out? Depends who you ask.

Stratford residents will remember Halloween 2012 as the Halloween that got postponed not once, but twice due to Mother Nature.

First Hurricane Sandy swept through two days before Oct. 31, leaving thousands without power and littering streets with debris. After the brunt of Sandy, the town postponed Halloween one week to Wednesday, Nov. 7.

But then the nor'easter came, dropping about eight inches of snow and further postponing Halloween to Saturday, Nov. 10.

So did the kids come out last weekend? Depends who you ask.

Here's how residents answered the question, Did people have a lot of trick or treaters Saturday, after Halloween was postponed twice this year? posted on the Stratford Patch Facebook page.

  • Hardly any. on the plus side, my daughter got a lot of candy, (and chips, etc) since all of the neighbors wanted to get rid of it (take two! Take three! lol)
  • We only got 3 groups of kids. Not nearly as many as usual.
  • Not many at all. They should have cancelled.
  • Maybe 30....lots of candy to return!
  • I had one kid about 13 ring my bell
  •  We saw plenty of kids. My son had a blast and the weather couldn't have been nicer!
  •  I got about 100 between 6-8. All were dressed to impress and we were delighted to have them all. My friend came over with her basket of goodies also so the kids got double treats! I did not decorate this year but it was still a great turnout.
  • We had well over 100 kids here by St. Marks/Bunnell. Better turnout than in the past. Great to see all the kids, most were in costume and polite. All ages trick-or-treating, which I think is great! Beautiful weather, perfect night. We had a great time!!! So happy it wasn't cancelled
  • 60+, normally we get about 200. The kids had fun. We went out on the early end and the neighbors that participated were warm and generous. Some were confused as some people's lights are motion activated and they didn't realize it was Halloween. (can't really blame them, it wasn't : )
  • Nice weather for trick or treaters but there weren't that many places giving out candy. Some people telling the kids to take extra because of lack of kids .
  • What a TERRIBLE job of communicating this out of Town Hall!!! I felt bad for the kids... four of the houses on my street apparently didn't know what was going on. So when they went out, they left their light on. Kids were ringing the be

How will you remember Halloween 2012? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

(Note: This article originally appeared on Patch Nov. 12. The publication date has been changed for layout purposes.)

Paul McCarthy November 12, 2012 at 06:06 PM
What a great night for the Trick Or Treaters We had exactly 120 children. Most of them besides a few had very good costumes. A Great Cat-In-The Hat and a group of five that were the crayons with all different colors.
Thomas MacKay November 12, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Poor turnout on Broadbridge Ave. We have the "fun house" on the street and we got between 25-30 kids. That's including the teenagers with no costumes that were exploiting the weird reschedule. Last year we had 150-200 kids and we gave out candy and LED light up toys. Very disappointed in the Mayors handling of this. But I guess the kids don't vote ,so.......
Karen E Daden November 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM
"Mayor's handling of this" He did the common sense thing. It is not his fault that kids and parents did not join in. First, Sandy knocked the stuffing out of all of us and second, parents were tired. It's silly to blame anyone in Town Hall. Really, there are bigger things than Halloween. We, out in Lordship, had fun. Our neighborhood, Curtis off Lighthouse, set up one area for trick or treaters and had 'adult' beverage for the tired parents. We had a great time. No, we did not get the numbers like last year. But it is what you make it.
Bob Cerani November 14, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Great, This year I didn't get anyone from Bridgeport,only people in my community.
Mike Reynolds November 14, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Same here.
Jim Miron November 14, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Curious to know how you would know people were from Bridgeport? Do you card the people at the door?
Bob Cerani November 14, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I'll inform you people who are unaware like Mr. Miron, When you see a carload of people get out of their car down the street from me numerous times and come to the houses more than once, they are not from my area. And to tell you the truth I followed them one year down Barnum Ave and into Bridgeport. I didn't start a block watch in my area for nothing. Nuf Said.
Beth McCollum November 14, 2012 at 06:51 PM
We had a few "car loads" on our street and they are all welcome. Kids are kids and I am just a vintage version of one. It matters less to me what town they are from but rather that they are happy and greatful. They were - even the ones who came out of cars.
Thomas MacKay November 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
See Jim? You were just unaware that Bob tails his Trick or Treaters back to their homes, that's why he knows they are "from Bridgeport". I was unaware too. I just assumed it was a bigoted statement. But Bob is on the case. Thank-you Bob for educating us with your detective skills!
Thomas MacKay November 14, 2012 at 07:04 PM
If it were "common sense", Karen, -then all the towns would've had Halloween on Nov 10th. This was the Mayors " individual sense" and it could've been handled better. The first reschedule was too far off and the second was done last minute without a good way to alert everyone. Not everyone is on Facebook or the internet at all.
Thomas MacKay November 14, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I agree with Beth. I spoke to one of the moms who got out of a car with her kids and came to our door.. She lives here in town, but she said they started off by walking, but the number of houses giving out candy were so few and far between she decided to return home and get her car rather than walk. Makes sense to me!
Laura Dobosz November 14, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Children do not get to choose what neighborhoods they are raised in. As long as they are in it to have fun, are polite and non destructive I don't care if they come to my door from Bridgeport, Greenwich or even Bangladesh. Halloween is about the kids having fun, not their parent's income.
Jim Miron November 14, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Very happy to see the positive comments in response to Bob's comments. I think we all get what he was saying and where he was coming from (and he is entitled to his beliefs). However, I am much more encouraged and have much respect for those folks that are welcoming and open. Halloween is not my favorite holiday (it is a minor holiday in my book - at best) but for kids, families and those that get into it I am glad to see such a positive, open and welcoming spirit in our town.
Bob Cerani November 14, 2012 at 09:30 PM
My intent was not to discourage anyone from Holloween. Just wanted to let people know what happened in my area in Stratford over the years. Thank You, and Thank You, Jim
Melody McDonald November 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM
We had over 100 kids because we do bag of candy and we made over 100 bags. We had about 6 left. Most everyone was in costume and lots of cars of people. Not sure where they are from but the kids were great and the parents were watching. I think the Mayor was correct in postponing it twice .. why should the kids suffer because of bad weather.
Bob Cerani November 15, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Melody, I agree and also with the Mayors postponments.


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