Halloween events draw thousands

In the end it was the tooth fairy that cast a spell and was declared “Best Overall” of the 60 or so scarecrows throughout Wilton Center in this year’s Scarecrow Fest.

First Selectman Bill Brennan made the announcement Saturday, Oct. 26, at the end of the Pumpkin Parade that drew more than 2,000 trick-or-treaters, according to Janeen Leppert, executive director of the Wilton Chamber of Commerce. The children filled Wilton Center as they paraded behind the chamber’s Cat in the Hat and the Wilton Family Y’s Gordy the Gator. At the parade’s end, they collected treats from downtown visitors.

Saturday’s events were followed by the Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Hustle 5K and Scarecrow Scamper Kids Fun Run. The 5K drew 61 entries, with Nicholas Davatzes crossing the finish line first in 19 minutes, 28 seconds. The first woman finisher was Dana Perry in 20 minutes, 15 seconds.

“Every year it gets bigger and bigger,” Ms. Leppert said of Saturday’s turnout, and this was the biggest year yet, apparently surprising veterans of the Chamber’s annual event.

“CERT played a huge role in helping with the traffic,” she said of Wilton’s Community Emergency Response Team. “They saved the day because we really needed the crowd control.”

The tooth fairy was the creation of Wilton Center Family Dentistry, which, appropriately, handed out more than 500 flashing firefly toothbrushes at the parade.

Additional winners were:

• Most Creative — Untangled LLC’s “E.T.”

• Most Traditional — Mrs. Hasting’s First Grade Class’s “Kindcrow.”

• Funniest — The Coutant Family’s “Spongebob Scarepants.”

• Scariest — Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps’ “It Can Wait.”

The decision making was done by five judges: Nancy Dolnier, manager of the Village Market; Jennifer Mitchell, Cider Mill principal; Wilton Health Director Barry Bogle; Heather Borden Herve of Good Morning Wilton; and Jimmy Shilleh of CT Coffee.

The event prompted The Cat in the Hat to submit the following with the help of Michael Crystal.

A Pat on the Back

From the Cat in the Hat

I do declare

The day was so rare

More children here and there

With costumes beyond compare.

Some parents I swear

Really did take a dare

What colors their hair

And their makeup did scare.

Janeen and the Chamber certainly did prepare

And provided an event that was so extraordinaire

With smiles, and laughs, and joyous sweet fare

Yet another Halloween that made me so thrilled to be there.

— The Cat in the Hat

Oct. 26, 2013