To the Editor:

A thank you to our great community and town! The Wilton Chamber of Commerce kicked off its annual HalloWeekend, which began on Saturday, Oct. 29 with the Pumpkin Parade, Trick-or-Treating and Halloween Portrait Fundraiser. It was a splendid day and thousands of trick-or-treaters and their parents gathered in Wilton Center for some Halloween fun as they strolled through town collecting treats from Wilton merchants and businesses. Photographer Justin Baiad stepped up to photograph 48 families and raised over $1,000 for the Wilton Community Assistance Fund, thank you, Justin! Thank you to Bankwell, our event sponsor, and to all our generous merchants and businesses who participated and also joined us at the Gazebo. A special thank-you to Dr. Michael Crystal, our Cat in the Hat, and Carol Johnson and Michael Kaelin for hosting our table at the Chamber and distributing an amazing number of treats and again for your assistance early Sunday for the race.

The next morning, a warm, sunny Sunday, Oct. 30, we welcomed a record 180 runners for our 14th Annual Halloween Hustle 5k race. It was a fabulous weekend in our great town of Wilton. We would like to thank everyone for their contributions, as sponsors and as volunteers, it could not happen without you.

A special thank you to our Wilton Police Department; Pat Russo and the CERT team; Steve Pierce and the Department of Parks and Recreation; the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps; 95 The Fox; the School of Rock; Mark and Joan Ketley; the Wilton Rotary Club; Paul Hafter and William Meehan; Tom Sato; Kevin Valerie; Ann Nash; Ann Mitrione, Melissa Medick and the Bankwell team; Brian Perry; the Village Market; Kiwanis; and our exhibitors and sponsors, including Au Pair in America; Westy’s; AFC Urgent Care; the Community Nursery School of Wilton; Winning Applications; the Goddard School; the Montessori School; Wilton Hardware; Michael Kaelin. Esq.; Signature Style; Ellen Essman, CPA; Fairfield County Bank; Gregory and Adams; Halstead Property; Trackside Teen Center; Untangled; the Wilton Democratic Town Committee; Elite Martial Arts; Dr. Aris; the Wilton Children’s Theater; and GOOD Morning Wilton.

Our sincere appreciation goes to everyone who participated and supported this jam-packed, fall celebration. Whether you and your wee goblins paraded through town for a spooky afternoon with Wilton merchants or dined in our town by trying new restaurants and revisiting old favorites, we thank you.

Please remember to shop Wilton and support your local businesses.

Debra Hanson
Executive Director
Wilton Chamber of Commerce