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Main Street Halloween Event Changes Venue, Closes to the Public

Annual Westhampton Beach Halloween festivities won't be open to the public.

For the first time since it started over a decade ago, the Westhampton Chamber of Commerce's annual Halloween parade and trick-or-treating event won't take place on Main Street in Westhampton Beach.

According to Karen McNamara, of the Westhampton Chamber, the chamber has opted out this year, handing the reigns over to the Westhampton Beach School District and the elementary school PTA, which have been working to create a new event specifically for their students.

The chamber will, however, still provide funds for candy for the event, which will take place on Halloween between 3:15 and 5 p.m.

According to Lisa Slover, principal of the Westhampton Beach Elementary School, the new event will feature a parade that will run up Mill, around the traffic circle and back to the school where the students will be greeted by a variety of activities.

Slated activities include a child-friendly haunted house provided by the high school student government, dancing with a DJ, and touch boxes made by Girl Scouts and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

To find out what Main Street business owners had to say, click here

Patch wants to know: What do you think of the change? Post a comment below.

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  • Main Street: Bring Back Trick or Treaters
  • PHOTOS: Westhampton Beach Hosts Annual Halloween Parade

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Erica Jackson (Editor) September 24, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Renee Cunningham Smith said via Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch Facebook: "Ridiculous. Does anyone know the reason why the chamber handed it over to the PTA?"
Erica Jackson (Editor) September 24, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Leslie Kappel said via Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch Facebook: "Absolutely ridiculous! Shame on the chamber!!! I don't understand how this is going to work? Do you had to show your tax bill in order for your child to be able to attend?????"
justbreath September 24, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I always thought it was really great for the parents, they could actually shop a little while walking with their kids, or at least see something and go back. Oh well...
Ralebird September 24, 2012 at 09:42 PM
What difference does it make, 90% of the stores on Main St. will be closed, if not vacant, by then anyway...great job Chamber of Commerce!
Frank Wheeler September 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM
What's "absurd" is the "Closes to the Public" part of the headline, without explanation in the story. It's being held on a public thoroughfare. How is it "closes" or closed? What's going obn over there in Westhampton Beach???
Elyse Richman September 25, 2012 at 12:42 AM
We will have candy for anyone who wants to come to Main St , Main St is open to everyone who wants to come Trick or Treating , Come down to Main St, We're all Open for business !!!
Jennifer Bigora September 25, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I'm very disappointed in this decision. They do it in Center Moriches so we may just change our town this year... getting candy really isn't the point. It was so much fun to be a part of a bigger experience with the little kids who aren't in school yet, and to get to socialize with other families who we wouldn't normally see out and about that night. I hope they rethink the decision because everyone I've talked to about it is really unhappy with this decision.
Janie Stevens September 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Thank you! Nice to know someone still appreciates their neighbors and understands good business decisions. We live in Speonk... Looks like I will be taking my kids to Center Moriches though. I can't bear to see my kids watch the others have fun. Truly a disappointment. Way to exclude your neighbors. Bad, bad decision.
Lillian September 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM
What a shame ! My grandchildren always look forward to this event even though they attend nearby school districts and we looked forward to being among the little costumed ones.
Erica Jackson (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Troi Hamrick Kandler said via Facebook, "I think you should talk to a few of the store front owners! A lot of them are not into it anymore! So I have been told! Not really to much shopping going on, to busy handing out candy for anyone to get in! 1 of my friends spends her own 120.00 on candy every year! She never really got anything from the PTA or chamber! Many years ago it was at the school and it was a wonderful night just like this year will be! It is not the PTA doing this! The chamber and store owners are the 1's who want the change! Thank you the WHB Main Street owners for doing it as long as they have! We still have our Family friendly craft and shopping day At Christmas in the Village!"
Antoinette Piazza September 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Toni's Barber Shop on Mill Road will be open and in costumes with lots and lots of candy to pass out! Please come by and visit us. We are so saddened to hear that their will not be a parade this year! This will be our 12th year in costume....we wouldn't miss it!

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