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St. Rose Trunk-or-Treat Draws More Than 1,000

First ever trunk-or-treat at St. Rose proves popular.

It wasn't Halloween and it wasn't Main Street but there still were more than 1,000 people, tens of thousands pieces of candy and plenty of frightful fun at Saturday night's trunk-or-treat in the parking lot of St. Rose of Lima Church.

Rob Griffin, an organizer, said he wasn't sure how many people would attend the event, which was put together at the last minute Thursday after the town's annual trick-or-treating tradition on Main Street was called off.

He and the Rev. Bob Weiss of St. Rose stood marveling at the size of the crowds waiting to get through the trick-or-treating line, which wound its way around the circumference of the large parking lot.

"I told you," Weiss said.

Griffen said that the parking lot quickly reached capacity at 7 p.m., which was to have been the start time. Trick-or-treaters were then directed to park at the now shuttered Lexington Garden or Caraluzzi's suparmarket.

Nancy Pfingsten Metzger November 06, 2011 at 11:59 AM
What a fabulous idea! We no longer have our girls at home but I loved seeing these pictures and love the ingenuity of the people of our town!!!
JWH November 06, 2011 at 12:19 PM
Great event-thanks to all who organized-our kids LOVED IT-we did too!
J. Griffin November 06, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Thank you for a Halloween celebration. Newtown needed it after a hard week. We are grateful to father bob and mr griffin
dasplumen November 06, 2011 at 12:26 PM
THank you Thank you! ST. Rose saves halloween!! Was fantastic time!
Susan Ruddock November 06, 2011 at 12:38 PM
This is what "it takes a village" is all about! So many people pitching in to make sure that the children of Newtown get to experience a favorite childhood tradition- trick or treating! :) Bravo!
Kevin Fitzgerald November 06, 2011 at 01:37 PM
We could not attend the trunk or treat so we dropped off our candy before hand and caught a glimpse of the cars decorated for Halloween. It was clear then this would be a hit with the kids. Great idea and impressive execution in such a short time!
Jim Gaston November 06, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Thank you St. Rose, Father Bob, Mr. Griffin, Parks and Rec,, all the residents who donated their ready candy, and all others. We all appreciate your kindness and great work. "Nicer in Newtown".
Heather November 06, 2011 at 01:54 PM
We went at 7:15 and when we finally found parking we walked over and the line was so long to get in the kids just melted down. We went home with the two bags of candy we brought. I'm really glad that the town did this event and that it was such a great turnout. Hopefully everyone enjoyed it.
Kerri C. November 06, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Thank you St. Rose and Mr. Griffin. It's been a hard week and at times I thought, we should just move. But after seeing how everyone pitched in and stuck together....there is no other place I would rather live then Newtown. It's much easier to sit in our homes isolated, but once we get out there and actually see how giving this community is it is hard not to be grateful.
Roseanne Loring November 06, 2011 at 02:54 PM
The Grinch may have tried to steal Christmas but St. Rose didn't let Alfred steal Halloween. What a wonderful treat in a week full of tricks!!!
Liz Luzietti November 06, 2011 at 03:12 PM
This is just what we needed! My group had a great time!! Not having Halloween was a thought we (young & old) just could not process especially after the week we had!! It took a village!!! Thank you everyone!!
Susan McGuinness Getzinger November 06, 2011 at 03:58 PM
St Rose Rocks! Thanks for saving Halloween for the kids! Lauren and Clare, you look beautiful (as usual!!!) Is that pretty little witch really a girl scout? Adorable and great car costumes, too, everyone! Nice "Angry Bird"!
Karen Kravec November 06, 2011 at 04:07 PM
As cliche as it sounds, this was a "bright spot" for this still powerless family. My 6 and 4 year-old boys loved it. Thank you so much to Rob and Amy Griffin, Msgr Bob, and all of the events organizers and volunteers.
Mary Radatovich November 06, 2011 at 04:59 PM
So nice for the community to come together and bring some happiness to the children (and relief to the adults!) Thank you!!
Mel November 06, 2011 at 07:08 PM
A very big thank you to the organizers and all of the participants who so graciously handed out candy from their spooktacular trunks. I am so glad that St Rose was able to pull this off, and it was a fantastic alternative to Newtown's traditional Halloween. My family and I loved it. Thank you for making Halloween happen this year, in spite of everything.
Susan Joy November 06, 2011 at 11:40 PM
It will be a Halloween the kids will all remember. Great Job for giving the kids a memorable night.
Heather Danuszar November 07, 2011 at 03:07 AM
What a Great time my family had giving out candy. We just loved having a chance to see ALL the kids dressed up. Would love to do it again!!! Thank You St Rose!
Kitty kat November 09, 2011 at 04:15 PM
I hope you read the patch Fr Bob and Rob Griffin - We were wondering who would save Halloween. Thank you so much for offering St Rose parking lot - you really are the essence of community spirit. I haven't been to a Halloween Party in years and especially loved the adults in costume. It brought back many good memories. We came down from Waterbury where we were staying just to attend. The kids were elated. THANK YOU - THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

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