Devils and angels, superheroes and politicians fled to Main Street in Westbrook last week for the city’s Halloween celebration.

Costume contests and a parade led by members of the Westbrook High School marching band highlighted the Thursday celebration, as children and adults – and even their dogs – showed off their costumes while up filling up their buckets and bags with candy handed out by local businesses.

Westbrook residents Kaitlyn Wiggins, 13, and her sister Kristen, 10, said Halloween on Main Street is a yearly tradition in their family – and they don’t hide the reason that they keep coming back.

“We get to go trick-or-treating twice,” Kristen Wiggins said.

For Stacy Darkis, owner of Studio 59, a pilates and fitness studio on Main Street, this year marked her first Halloween on Main Street.

“It was an onslaught,” she said about the costumed-kids that came by to collect the candy she gave out. She ran out of about halfway through the event.

“The kids are going crazy,” she said. “It was a lot of fun.”

City employees and councilors walked the street, and some local politicians even used the event to garner some last-minute votes.

But 3-year-old Steven Preston, in a red jacket and fireman’s cap, had a different agenda.

“He just talked to the police chief and he said he could apply for the fire chief position,” said his father, Steve Preston.


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