Brigantine could have a new Halloween tradition

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North School art teacher and PTA President Teri Gragg, left, and Lauren Robbins get in the spirit of Brigantine's trunk-or-treat on Monday, Nov. 5. Photo by Michael Feely.

Brigantiners’ incredible resilience in the aftermath of “Frankenstorm” Sandy was on display this past Monday night when the island’s children gathered at the 42nd Street Community Center.

In a first-time event, the parking lot between the center and the tennis courts was packed with vehicles sporting decorated trunks filled with Halloween candy for local children.

The previous evening, a small committee gathered to “save Halloween,” acknowledging that the golf course area was too dangerous to allow children to trick or treat in the traditional manner. The idea appeared to be extremely successful, as costumed zombies and superheroes roamed the parking lot Monday gathering candy with glee.

Deputy Mayor Sam Storino had observed the concept in Florida and thought it might work here. It did. (Local dentists Delson, Donati and Frost can rest easy knowing that they will be gainfully employed for years to come.)

Social media played an important role in getting the word out. A quick text to local mother Lauren Robbins from the meeting was followed mere seconds later by a Facebook post about the event. It is another example of the role social media has played for the island both during and after the storm.

Many parents said they were happy with the outcome and spoke of continuing trunk-or-treat in future years. City Manager Jennifer Blumenthal, who was in attendance and is rumored to have a sweet tooth, said she thought it was a great idea and felt the city could support it.

More than a celebration of a holiday that has become the second most popular holiday in the country, last Monday night brought the community together and established a sense of normalcy for the youth of the island. Not even a visit from Frankenstorm, or as some have said, “that (w)itch Sandy,” could dampen that enthusiasm.

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