Kids trick-or-treat downtown on Halloween

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Nov. 7, 2013
Liam, 4 and a half years old, was mesmerized by the display of Halloween scenery at Nightmare on Broad Street. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Liam, 4 and a half years old, was mesmerized by the display of Halloween scenery at Nightmare on Broad Street. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

Two hours prior to the opening of Nightmare on Broad Street on Oct. 31, rain was pouring from the skies. But, at 5:30, all the clouds blew away and then the kids in Halloween costumers started pouring into downtown Windsor to trick-or-treat at local businesses.

An annual event now for several years, Nightmare on Broad Street, sponsored by First Town Downtown and Windsor Federal Savings, attracts hundreds of kids of all ages to stop at local businesses and pick up special treats.

This year, Broad Street was closed off and hayrides were being given to anyone who was interested.  “Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” a children’s movie, was being shown on the wall of the Chamber of Commerce, and under the Town Hall pillars trick-or-treaters were given the opportunity to stop and have their photo taken with a variety of ghoulish individuals.

Despite the occasional sprinkle or two, the event went on as usual, crowding downtown with pedestrians.

One feature this year which drew the crowds in was the Halloween town display held inside one of the empty storefronts. The collection, which consisted of more than a thousand figures, buildings and decorations, is owned by Robert Neiderwerfer and Darlene Fourier. They were pleased to invite all of Windsor in to see their set-up, which only was displaying half of their unique finds.

“We both love Halloween,” said Neiderwerfer. “This was a lot of fun this year.  [The pieces] don’t do much when they are sitting in the box,” he said with a smile. Donations raised by those coming to see the collection were donated to the Windsor Food Bank and the Community Based Transition Academy in Windsor.

“It was fantastic,” said Ashley Dufresne of First Town Downtown. “The movie was the only thing we had to rearrange due to weather.” Dufresne was extremely pleased with the number of kids that came out. Twenty-five to 30 local businesses and civic groups were handing out candy to kids on the green.


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