Refusing to let the stretch of stormy weather scare away a celebration of Halloween, the holiday "spirit" -- albeit, delayed by nearly two weeks -- finally descended on Fairfield at a town-sponsored "Trunk-o-ween" event under blessedly bright skies Saturday.
Thanks to representatives of the town's police, fire and municipal departments, a crowd of thousands of kids and adults flooded the north parking lot of the Fairfield Railroad Station -- a panoply of costumed characters and celebrants in search of fun and Halloween ttreats.
"They made Halloween happen," said Justin Lancaster of Bridgeport, "regardless of the storm and the effects it had."
"I think it's great that they did this," said his wife, Lindsay, who was carrying their daughter, Olivia, 2, sporting a Winnie-the-Pooh costume for her first Halloween party.
"A lot of kids were disappointed that Halloween had to be postponed and postponed," said Erin Lynch of Easton, "and I just think it's wonderful that they put this together for them."
Along with police and fire personnel, many residents' brought decorated cars to the event and distributed treats to the throngs.
"We live in the beach area," said Sara Jannott of Fairfield. "Many parents in our neighborhood have requested that we not do trick-or-treat in that neighborhood, so this was a brilliant alternative."
"I think it's fun because you don't have to walk everywhere around the street," said Oliver Kwon, 9, of Fairfield, who was collecting candy with friends.
"I was kind of disappointed," he said of the initial cancellation of trick-or-treating by Storm Sandy, "but I got over it."
"This gives the kids a place to all get together and see all the families around Fairfield," she said.
"I don't know where it originated, but it is very popular," he said.
"This worked out really great, especially with all the town's people showing up with their personal vehicles," he said. "It's not just us. Everybody's contributing."
Kalapir gave special thanks to the many families around town who dropped off candy to be distributed by others.
"I think it's great for the kids, considering they've had a few Halloweens cancelled on them already," said Dan Garlak -- a machine operator with the Department of Public Works, who was driving a front loader with a bucket full of candy.
"After being postponed so many days, it's good the town decided to do something on the weekend," said Sterrett Pixley of Stratford.
"The kids were all disappointed, but not anymore."