NORTHFIELD — The town of Litchfield collected enough Halloween candy for the four fire departments and the Litchfield Volunteer Ambulance to distribute approximately 1,000 bags of goodies to excited children waiting outside in Bantam, Litchfield, East Litchfield and Northfield on Halloween Eve.
When Route #2 for the Northfield Volunteer Fire Company (with Engine Tanker 2 and Engine 3) listed their last stop as “in the area of 27 Main Street,” the owner of that address, Brenda Delaney, and three friends, decided to invite everyone on Main Street to bring their trick-or-treaters to gather at the appointed drop-off for the Candy Convoy. It was agreed among the group to offer donuts that were individually wrapped & beribboned by Marilyn Rourke of Litchfield, hot mulled cider, spider rings, “fangs” and healthy treats for all. The Fire Company was requested to stop and get out of the trucks to personally greet the children.
Luckily, the early snow had dissipated by seven p.m. and the tables were set outside with treats both warm and sweet. Trick-or-treaters came early to socialize (with masks and social distancing) and when the two fire trucks arrived, there was a roar of welcome and gratitude. Shortly after the firefighters disbursed their bags of candies to excited youngsters, two more fire trucks arrived amid more cheers and applause. Despite the full orange moon, it was a dark evening by then — appropriate for a Halloween vibe.
Irishman Eric Hahn of Northfield shared his own brief history of Halloween: “Halloween began thousands of years ago in the Celtic lands. Although it had different names in different locations, it was mainly known as Samhain, which was a combination of New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, and a time to remember family, friends and ancestors who had passed on. On this day it was believed that the veil between this world and the next was at its thinnest and loved ones could come back for a visit. To help them find their way, candles would be placed in carved turnips. When the Irish immigrants came to America, they ditched turnips in favor of the much easier to carve pumpkin and never looked back.
As the Celtic lands adopted Christianity, Samhain became All Hallows Eve, which was shorted to Halloween. People were encouraged to remember the lives of the Saints. A tradition called Souling started with villagers going from house to house asking for treats in exchange for prayers for the homeowner’s deceased family so they could enter Heaven. When Halloween came to America it became a good time to see a spooky movie, throw a party, bob for apples, or visit a haunted house.”