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Caldwell Area Residents Celebrate Belated Halloween

Trick-or-treaters invade downtown Caldwell, schools host a Trunk or Treat.

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.

Share your Halloween photos by adding them to the gallery above. How and when did you celebrate? Tell us in the comments below.

LB November 06, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Thank you to all the stores who rescued Halloween from Sandy! For my 6 year old, it was the bright spot of our scary week of cold and darkness.
JG November 07, 2012 at 01:22 PM
This would have been useful information from the mayor, who only suggested we don't send our kids out. We are only a block away from the high school, and my kids missed both of these opportunities. It is very disappointing to find out this went on so close and we didn't know.
Oana Drew November 07, 2012 at 10:22 PM
There's some leftover candy in the gypsy's cat-bucket! :-)) Bring your kids over and they'll get some!

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