GREENPORT, NY — Halloween was in full swing in Greenport Saturday as, under sunny blue skies, families turned out for the first ever Halloween Village event.m
Children dressed up a ghosts, goblins, little devils, princesses and more eagerly traversed Front and Main Streets, stopping to collect treats from costumed shopkeepers.
Greenport Village business owners have been continuing to come up with new and creative ways to find their way forward during the pandemic.
An innovative plan for outdoor seating, "parklets", has allowed dining to expand outdoor to the streets in Greenport — and those parklets will help set the spooky stage for the Halloween Village fun.
On Saturday, the parklets were decorated with pumpkins and autumnal flair.
Children and adults alike seemed equally thrilled to be enjoying a sense of normalcy on the beautiful fall day. One little girl shouted out, "This is the best day of my life!"
According to members of the Greenport Village Business Improvement District, merchants and businesses had fun illuminating and decorating their storefronts and parklets with witches, skeletons, spiders and community carved jack o' lanterns.
"I was thrilled at the turnout," said Nancy Kouris, a Greenport Village Improvement District board member. "Everyone wearing masks; most tried to social distance. The merchants were outside giving candy and so supportive of the event. Mother Nature smiled on us with the best Halloween Day possible, sunny and crisp, My thanks to all who participated."
She added that it seemed all who attended had a good time. "We had just as many adults as kids doing the scavenger hunt," she said.
The day also included "walking costumed creatures" from the Greenport High School drama club to keep the kids and parents entertained.
Restaurants offered Halloween-themed food and drink specials to "keep the Halloween feeling going while feeding hungry guys and ghouls," organizers said.
There were also spaces for selfies and family photos.
Other activities to make Halloween memorable included virtual spooky readings, with "how to" demonstrations posted on the Greenport BID's Instagram site; hashtag photos to #GreenportBIDHalloween.
"With fewer families venturing out for trick-or-treat, they are looking for family friendly alternatives," organizers said in a release. "The Greenport Village BID has led the way with its successful parklet program and continues to innovate ways for families to get out safely while still enjoying what is one of the most popular holidays in the United States."
At the event, coronavirus safety protocols, including mask wearing, social distancing and small group sizes, were enforced, organizers said.