By Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta
Chatham Downtown Alliance presented the Halloween Street-n-Treat on Sat., Oct. 29, at the Chatham Borough Farmer’s Market.
More than 50 children, ages from two to ten, came dressed in their Halloween best on this perfect autumn day.
Three “Mystery Judges” picked the winners. Ribbons and prizes were awarded. Yo Lotta Luv Yoghurt Emporium of Chatham donated prizes and Town & Country Realtors provided snacks and apple cider for all participants. The Chatham Borough Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) No. 226 handed out candy, crayons, and coloring books for the kids, as well as safety glow sticks for their bikes.
Vendors included: So Good Mojo Co, Defcon Sauces, Pickle Licious, That’s For Feathered Friends, Chatham Street Wine Market, and Flower Basket Lady Bug.
Chatham Downtown Alliance, which founded the Halloween parade four years ago, had partnered with the Farmers Market this year to expand the event.
Farmers Market manager, Janice Piccolo, said, “It’s nice. It brings more traffic to the market. It’s in a safe location. The PDA are giving out glow sticks for safety.”
For the contest, children came dressed in the following costumes: a tiger, Super Girl, The Grim Reaper, a leopard, The Lion King, French Fries, a fairy, a couple skeletons, Pikachu, a devil, a genie, Star Wars characters and a monk. Even some parents sported Halloween costumes.
Three year old Brendan Yurie dressed as Thomas the Train. He said that Thomas was his favorite.
Tia Sweet, 5, dressed as a witch in black with a purple hat, won for Best Female Costume. She said she knew she was going to win. “I love witches,” she said.
Albie Favate, 7, dressed as the Incredible Hulk, won for Best Male Costume.
Caston Harwell, 8, dressed as a tarantula, won for Best Costume. He said it felt good to win and didn’t think he was going to win.
His mother, April Harwell said, “For six months that’s what he wanted to be [a tarantula]. He didn’t change his mind.”
The Potts Family of Chatham – Matthew and Erin Potts and their two-year-old son, Winston – won for Best Family Costume. They dressed as The Flinstones, with Winston dressed as Bam Bam. Erin said, “He’s kinda like a wild man, so Bam Bam worked.”
Following the contest, children went trick-or-treating at 35 participating merchants along Main Street. To ensure safety children were instructed to only visit merchants that had the Street-n-Treat flier in their window.
Chatham Downtown Alliance founder, Tony Britt, said “It’s a terrific community event and really shows the generosity and community spirit of our merchants, organizations and residents. None of this would happen without these terrific people.”
According to Britt, in past years, more than 1,590 children and their parents paraded up and down Main Street during the Street-n-Treat event. “Practicing for the real thing that happens October 31,” said Britt.
Chatham Police Officer Maher wanted to remind children to “keep visible” while trick-or-treating.