This year's Halloween can be summarized by the cliche: Better late than never.
On Monday, hundreds of children in costume headed to downtown Caldwell, where restaurants and shops handed out candy and in some cases coupons for moms and dads.
The Nov. 5 celebration of Halloween was ordered by Gov. Chris Christie after Hurricane Sandy caused widespread power outages and made conditions dangerous—if even possible—to go door to door throughout the state.
Many Caldwell merchants designated an employee to stand outside to distribute the candy to little superheroes, princesses and witches between 2 and 5 p.m.
Donna Filkin, of Ann Filkin Lamps & Shades, opened the shop on her day off to not disappoint the children.
Those who ran out early posted signs in their windows that read "No More Candy."
Local schools were closed all last week, including Halloween day, with Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools not re-opening until Tuesday morning.
In addition to the downtown trick-or-treating tradition, another safe alternative was organized at the last-minute. The James Caldwell High School parking lot was the site of a Trunk or Treat where residents were able to park their cars and trucks and offer candy from their trunks.
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