WALLINGFORD — With Halloween just days away, North Main Street residents are putting the final touches on their elaborate displays.
For several years, homeowners on a portion of North Main Street have put up large, unique displays that draw hundreds of trick-or-treaters and families from neighborhoods across town.
Vince Proto, of 517 N. Main St., had a temporary display of several skeletons, beasts and other figures up on his porch and lawn Tuesday afternoon. He will put up his real display on Halloween night.
”It’s the first real hint of what’s going on,” Proto said. “We love doing this. I can’t tell you how said. “We’ve worked very hard,
Proto’s home has had multiple displays in previous years. Last year, about 1,300 children stopped to trick-or-treat at the home.
”This is an awesome night, I want people to go away from this thing, remembering this night as something special,” he said. “It’s like a block party.”
Last year, police closed a section of North Main Street for the first time for the safety of trick-or-treaters and families at the request of local residents. This year, North Main Street will be closed on Halloween between North Street and Cedar Lane from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
James Vanacore, of 554 N. Main St., has had fire-breathing dragons and sideshows at his home in the past.
”Every house decorates on this street, every house gives out candy,” he said. “Everybody really gets into it. In the 25 years it’s grown and grown and grown.”
”A lot of planning goes into it, we start planning the day after Halloween,” Vanacore added.