Lyme Street magic

Old Lyme — Hundreds of adults and children alike thronged Lyme Street in Old Lyme on Wednesday evening to celebrate Halloween on a beautiful night in one of the most magical and spooky parades of costumes anywhere in the region.

Kids smiled and were sure to say "thank you" as shopkeepers and even private homeowners along the tiny downtown area between Town Hall and the Old Lyme First Congregational Church handed out candy in what has become a two-decade-old tradition. Dogs and cats were dressed up for the event, as well.

Costumes ranged from the usual princesses and witches to the outlandish rocket man of one adult (complete with an audio recording of Elton John's song of the same name) and the clever jellyfish costumes of two girls who used umbrellas draped with fabric for a fun homemade effect.

Representatives of the Cooley Gallery said they came prepared to hand out 1,700 pieces of candy this year and had nearly exhausted their supply by 7:30 p.m. Young children began arriving at 4:30 p.m., they said, with older kids finishing up about 8:30.

Other businesses along the way that partook of the tradition included The Chocolate Shell and E.F. Watermelon Co. fine jewelry and gem store.

l.howard@theday.com

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