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Photos: Halloween Parade Raises Spirits in Downtown Westfield

Trick-or-treaters flocked to downtown Westfield for some pre-Halloween fun.

Snow White dining at Panera and a gorilla leading the Westfield High School marching band down Quimby Street were just a couple of the highlights from the Halloween celebration that took place Sunday in Westfield.

Hundreds filled the streets of downtown Westfield as retailers and restaurants offered candy, stickers and temporary tattoos to trick-or-treaters.

The impending storm, which provided windy weather, perfect for the many witches who came out with their broomsticks, didn't dampen the spirits of parents and children who went door-to-door with smiles on their faces. 

Plenty of robots, pirates and harmless ninjas, fearing that Wednesday's holiday could be postponed as it was last year due to the surprise snow storm, didn't want to miss the opportunity to show off their costumes at the parade sponsored by the Optimist Club of Westfield.

Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, sponsor of the trick-or-treat and costume contest, said some shops distributed as many as 2,000 pieces of candy, with many running out by 2 p.m., three hours after trick-or-treating began.   

Starbucks' Jason Wendroff-Rawnicki said the Central Avenue coffee shop was packed for most of the day and neighboring eatery Tinga went through $200 worth of candy in just a few short hours. 

The WHS marching band led a festive parade that began on Quimby Street. As costumed kids lined up, judges selected winners in a wide-range of categories.

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