AMHERST – It was a busy Halloween for people living on Winston Avenue Tuesday night.
“We’re down a little bit from last year,” said Chris White. “We set up for 450 but we had about 420.”
The first trick-or-treater knocked on their door at 4:20 p.m.
“It was a baby in the arms,” said White.
White and his wife Cathy have lived on Winston Avenue for more than 40 years. They are originally from River Hebert and moved from Melrose Street in Amherst to Winston Avenue more than 40 years ago.
“We moved here Oct. 31, 1975. I remember I bought two boxes of chips, 48.
Within minutes I was in the car heading to the store to buy another four boxes and they were gone in no time,” said White. “We started preparing a little better after that.”
He said people come from throughout Amherst, Cumberland County, and even New Brunswick.
“It’s so intense here. I would like to see the street blocked off,” said White. “The kids fly up here. The kids are running and you can’t really see them.”
He says Winston Avenue is popular because the houses are close together and most people decorate.
“The kids come in waves. They come in groups of eight, 10, and 12,” said White. “The door doesn’t shut.”
He’s not complaining. He says the more the merrier, and always looks forward to Halloween.
“We get a lot of repeats coming to the house year after year,” said White. “We have the big spider up there. The first year the young ones are scared to walk up but the second year they’ll come up.”