2017-10-26 / Front Page

Halloween brings old favorites, new traditions to island

Foam pit, pumpkin-carving display and parade are on tap for children

From pirates to princesses, Dorothy to Dracula, the village will be the focus of fantasy Tuesday during the annual Halloween celebration sponsored by the town.

Starting at 5 p.m., police will close Clinton Avenue, Green Lane and High Street from Green to Howland for trick-or-treaters to safely collect their candy. Also, Narragansett Avenue temporarily will be closed for an inaugural children’s parade from the Four Corners to East Ferry. Trick-or-treaters, donned in their costumes, should meet in the Town Hall’s rear parking lot on West Street at 4:45 p.m. if they want to march in the procession.

After the parade culminates at the waterfront, trick-or-treaters are invited to cross the street to view the jack-o’-lantern showcase in the recreation center, 41 Conanicus Ave., where dozens of carved pumpkins will be on display. Visitors will be able to vote for their favorites. The showcase is open from 5-8 p.m.

During that same time, the fire department will host its annual foam pit. Volunteer firefighters, from the top of a ladder truck, will spray foam down onto children in the station’s parking lot.

During these free events, trick-or-treaters will be crowding the downtown streets for their hauls, especially Clinton Avenue, where roughly 500 children knocked on doors during the 2016 holiday. Expecting the neighborhood to get bombarded again, Clinton Avenue residents are asking for donations. Donors can deliver bags of candy by Sunday to Eileen Donnelly’s home, 24 Clinton Ave. The organizers hope to break last year’s donations, which totaled more than 150 bags.

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