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Plainview Parents Organize Impromptu Halloween Party

Moms and Dads decide Halloween was happening no matter what. Nassau cops break up gathering.

It was an undercover Halloween operation and the parents probably had as much fun as the kids.

Public officials across the region ravaged by Hurricane Sandy were urging parents to postpone trick or treating out of safety concerns. That didn't work out so well.

It started as an email campaign among Plainview area parents. They would hold a "Trick or Trunk" party at the Stratford Road Elementary School at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Instead of door to door, the kids would go "trunk to trunk."

All the organizers asked not to be identified and asked that the unauthorized gathering not be publicized in advance. None would speak on the record.

Still, despite widespread power outages across Plainview, the news spread like leaves on a brisk autumn wind.

Hundreds of kids in elaborate costumes and their parents converged on the school. By 2:30 p.m., there was suburban gridlock on Stratford and Darley roads. The Harry Potters, the witches and all variety of little ghouls cleaned up on candy and other delights.

Someone alerted the law: a Nassau County police officer arrived at 3 p.m., his lights flashing. On a loud speaker he demanded the area be cleared and the assembly dispersed.

No matter: Halloween came after all.

Please add your Halloween pictures to this story, either from the event at Stratford Road or from other gatherings in Plainview.

David Robinson October 31, 2012 at 11:22 PM
It was a great event brought all the families of Plainview together, it was great seeing kids so happy after all the misery this week.
Neil Ackerman October 31, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Story on the school Trick or Trunk, Which was a SAFE, great idea (and the kids NEEDED to get out of hours) was school people that called - but there were other 'school reps' there, trying to keep it going.
Conor Kelly October 31, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Thank god for NCPD! Keeping us safe and what-have-you.
melissa endelson November 01, 2012 at 12:42 AM
It was great...it was safe....we could not of asked for anything better for our kids after a disastrous few days. Not only was it refreshing to see people....it was refreshing to see our kids happy!!!!!
Joe Dowd (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I thought it was great that the community could come together in a network like that, without any official help or interference. And some of the costumes were just great.
Illyse Zesch Conn November 01, 2012 at 01:17 AM
It was awesome! Just what we all needed.
CARRIE MARCOVITZ November 01, 2012 at 04:15 AM
I just don't get what the problem was. There are many times there are gatherings at school events with many people. Why was this so different. The kids deserved a day out. No power is hard for adults and harder for kids.
Joe Dowd (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 09:05 AM
Special thanks to Patch reader Charles Neuman for uploading the lead shot for the "Trick or Trunk" event at Stratford Road Elementary. I had minor camera issues yesterday afternoon. We'd love more shots of this event which brought out the spirit of Plainview's resilient people.
Marc Singer November 01, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Just a couple of corrections/updates. First the police were there to help a car that wasn't starting and not to try to break it up. Dr. Lewis showed up to check on the school and to her surprise found 500 or so people having a great time in the parking lot. She asked that it end shortly for safety reasons. She did however love the idea and asked the organizers to work with the school district to put it on the calendar for next year. I know this because I was at the kitchen table on Tuesday when my wife came up with the idea she called Trunk or Treat and discussed with her friends how they were going to make it happen. Great job celebrating Halloween!
Jeff Reis November 01, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Again, our terrific Plainview community gets together to make the best of difficult situations. All of you have been there for the Reis family during the past most difficult year, the hurricane is a natural disaster that we all survived and with eachothers support we come through. Thank you again, Jeff Reis!
lisa mintz November 01, 2012 at 05:49 PM
My hats off to the organizers. It was a brilliant idea and a good time was had by all!
Wolfrado November 02, 2012 at 01:04 PM
The real story is the asshole that "alerted the law."
Scott Boudin November 04, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Actually, the police did ask everyone to leave. "Happy Halloween...now get out of here...they don't want you here". I have video, if I could figure out how to post it.

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