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Costume parades in Huntington, Center Moriches

Evon Martinez, of Shirley, and her son, Brendan,

Evon Martinez, of Shirley, and her son, Brendan, 2, at the “March of the Goblins” annual trick-or-treat event in Center Moriches. (Oct. 31, 2011) Credit: Carl Corry

Parys Tysus, 8, of Huntington, collected candy in a bag so big it looked like a shopping bag from a department store, if not for the Disney princesses that adorned it.

"We always bring a bag this big," she said of herself and her brother Jon, who marched around downtown Huntington Village to trick-or-treat at local businesses. "It's my destiny to fill it."

Most stores in Huntington started giving out candy around 10 a.m., so as the evening wound down, the biggest problem was that they began running out of the good stuff.

"Trick-or-treat, you stink!" said Samantha Thorton, 6, of Huntington, to a locked storefront.

At one end of Main Street, employees at Renarts Kids stood outside to admire the passerbys and apologize for running out of candy. But next door, at Little Switzerland Dolls, they had one bag left.

"We'll trade you," said one of the Renarts employees. "Your bag of candy for our 'No more candy' sign."

In Center Moriches, thousands of costumed children and parents flooded Main Street for the annual “March of the Goblins” event, including Evon Martinez, of Shirley, and her son, Brendan, 2, who was dressed as an alligator.

“It’s very crowded, but it’s awesome to see the costumes,” Martinez said. “I can’t believe how many people came out.”

Matthew and Kerri Hoffman were walking with their 1-year-old son, Eric, who donned a lion costume.

“It’s awesome for the kids, we come every year," Matthew said.

In Huntington, Bella Manfuso, 6, and her brother Thomas, 7, of Fort Salonga, were trick-or-treating with their friend Max Barnard, 7, of Melville. The Manfusos were both dressed as vampires.

"I wanted to be it first," Bella Manfuso said.

Outside of Tas Design and Craft Gallery, manager Dawn Mullen sat dressed in a witch's costume as she gave out candy. She perched there for nearly the entire day. She said the store recently moved to Huntington from Northport, where it had been for six years.

"This is nice," she said. "It's a good way to become part of the community." 


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