A moveable Halloween feast in Monroe

November 17, 2012 by  

Halloween is celebrated on October 31 throughout the United States, except perhaps in Monroe, Connecticut. Last year, severe weather caused wide-spread damage and led First Selectman Steve Vavrek to cancel traditional Trick-or-Treat. He feared that damaged trees could shed branches and injure children. Instead, Monroe opted to hold ‘Trick-or- Trunk’, in which cars with their trunks filled with candy met in a parking lot. Children went from car to car for their treats.

Trick-or-Trunk was such a success Monroe planned to repeat it this year, although some residents planned a traditional outing as well. Trick-or-Trunk was held successfully on October 28, but Trick-or-Treat proved to be cursed once again. Once the weather intervened, Vavrek urged people not to take to the streets, and damaged trees were again the main reason. Hurricane Sandy left loose branches in trees and, in some cases, made the trees themselves so unstable, they were in danger of toppling.

Then, the first major snowstorm of the season, Athena, commonly called a ‘nor’easter’, dumped 11.5 inches of snow on Monroe on November 7, closing schools the following day. With two back-to-back weather events of this magnitude, it seemed like Halloween was doomed this year.

However, many townspeople wanted to have the traditional celebration, so Monroe came up with a creative answer – they moved Halloween and celebrated the holiday on Friday, November 9.

With the celebration taking place a little later than planned, Monroe merchants could have had flyers printed reminding residents to expect Trick-or-Treaters at their doors that day.