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Hurricane Sandy Doesn't Scare Downtown Westfield; Trick-or-Treating Starts at 11 a.m.

The Downtown Westfield Trick-or-Treat, Costume Contest and Halloween Parade will continue as planned.

The threat of Hurricane Sandy isn't spooking Downtown Westfield. The Halloween festivities scheduled for today will go on as planned.

Little ghosts, ghouls and goblins can make their way downtown in costume to trick-or-treat in the retail stores and restaurants throughout Westfield from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today.

Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corportation, said as of 10 a.m. Sunday, the trick-or-treating and Halloween parade will take place as scheduled. Cronin said if it rains the Westfield High School Marching Band will most likely not lead the parade as planned but the costume contest will still take place. 

The contest and parade, sponsored by the Optimist Club of Westfield, will be combined this year. Participants should line up on Quimby Street at 2:30 p.m. The parade will begin at 3 p.m. Costume contest judges will watch the parade and distribute awards during and after it. Roaming costumed characters will be available for photographs.

The parade will commence on Quimby Street, proceed along North Avenue, Prospect Street, E. Broad Street, Elm Street, and return to Quimby Street. The costume contest, judged during the parade and immediately following, is for children in pre-school through elementary school. Young children should be accompanied by an adult. 

Check back with Patch later today for photos of the parade.

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