GRAFTON, Mass. – It takes more than a hurricane to stop Halloween on Grafton's South Street.
Grafton trick-or-treaters turned out in full force to their favorite Halloween haunt Wednesday night, dressed as superheroes and snow princesses, determined to put the power outages and downed trees of Hurricane Sandy behind them.
"It's been busy," said South Street resident Daniel Callin as he gave out candy. "It's like our own Halloween parade."
Many of the historic South Street homes were lit up with Halloween decorations and jack o'lanterns, but much of the street remained dark. Hurricane Sandy's Monday arrival put a crimp in many homeowners' decoration plans, and several homes were completely dark and closed to trick-or-treaters.
It was the second year in a row that a crimp was put in South Street's Halloween style. The 2011 Halloween snowstorm delayed Grafton's trick-or-treating for five days, in daylight hours, and many residents opted out of the festivities.
At one end of South Street, the Smith family broke out their popcorn popper and inflatable movie screen, which showed scenes from "Young Frankenstein" to Halloween revelers. Other homes brought in cotton candy machines or turned their front lawns into graveyards.
Kathleen Halloran watched Halloween revelers as they posed beside the inflatable pumpkins and lit-up skull on her front yard.
"We planned for 1,200 this year," she said. "That's what we handed out two years ago. We didn't get as many last year – I think we got 800 then."
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