WESTPORT, Conn. — Batman and Batgirl, also known as Jackson and Melissa Good, swooped in for the 20th annual children's Halloween event Thursday afternoon at Westport Town Hall.
It's usually held outdoors with a parade of trick-or-treaters that goes up Main Street to Avery Place to Myrtle Avenue. But due to the heavy rain, the event was relocated inside Town Hall.
There was plenty of candy, music and dancing with disc jockey Frank C's Entertainment. Kids got to trick or treat at the 25 to 30 offices in Town Hall. About 250 kids came.
Megan Pritchard of Fairfield, mother of 5-year-old Avonlea, who was dressed as Rey from "Star Wars," said this is her second year at the event. "They do a really good job with the kids, and we have a lot of fun," she said.
Nine-year-old Rachel Rossi of Westport came as a gumball machine. "I saw the costume in 'Chasing Fireflies' magazine and really liked it," she said.
Damian Rousseau of Westport, who is 8, came as the swamp monster. "I first wanted to be a zombie," he said. "But I chose this costume because it's really scary." He hoped to come home with lots of Kit Kats because "they are my favorite candy," he said.
William Robilotti, a 15-month-old from Westport who was dressed as Yoda from "Star Wars," came with his best buddy, who shares his name and was wearing a Charlie Brown costume.
"These boys met when they were 7 months old at a playground in Westport," Karin Mazurs-Robilotti said.
"We chose the Yoda costume for William because we think he talks like Yoda," she said, adding that he'll be tasting Frankenstein cupcakes for the first time that evening.
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe was dressed, unsurpsingly, in a mayor's costume. "This is one of the fun parts of the my job," he said. "I love seeing the kids dressed up and having a great time."
Minhee Choi of Fairfield, mother of 3-year-old Sayah Choi-Carval and 5-year-old Easton Choi-Carval, said Town Hall is a great place to hold the event. "It's a safe environment for them to trick-or-treat," she said.
Every year, Easton either wants to be a policeman or a fireman. This year? He's a fireman.
It was hard not to miss 12-year-old Jeffrey Pogue from Westport, who was hidden inside a a giant-size alien costume. "Last year, I was a tree," he said.
Pogue said he's looking forward to going trick-or-treating at Gault and the Beach, and that his favorite candy is Starbursts.
The event was hosted by the Westport Parks and Recreation along with the Downtown Merchants Association and the Westport Police Athletic League.
Westport Police Activity League President Ned Batlin, who grew up in Westport and now lives in Fairfield, said the event provides a great opportunity for PAL to be involved with kids.
"We really enjoy our partnership with the Westport Parks and Recreation and the Downtown Merchant's Association," he said. "Our motto is 'It's all about the kids.'"
The late PJ Romano was the executive director of the Westport PAL, running it for 50 years, Batlin said. The PJ Romano Field in Saugatuck is named after him. Westport kids play football, lacrosse, soccer, and rugby there.
"Whenever a budgetary issue came up, PJ would say it's all about the kids -- and would spend the money," Batlin said. "And he was right."
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