Guess how many people showed up for the first-ever Haunted Torch Walk - sponsored by the South Windsor police department and other organizations - in Nevers Park on Saturday evening.
Fifty? One hundred? Maybe 500?
Nope, nope and nope.
Try a couple thousand, most of whom donated money - a total of $6,000 - for the Special Olympics of Connecticut.
The event, which featured a series of Halloween-themed displays along the trails in the park, far exceeded the organizers’ - most notably Agent Ron Littel’s - expectations, according to Sgt. Scott Custer.
“I think Ron was pleasantly surprised to see the support from the community,” Custer said. “No one has done anything around here. This is the first time anything has been done like this before. … Ron did a great job and that was a fantastic amount that was raised. He also always gets great support from the community.”
Participants received refreshments provided by Maneeley’s Banquets and some 400 gift bags were handed out to children at the conclusion of the walk.
“We thank everyone who attended the event, and all the groups and businesses that contributed time and resources to make this event a success,” Custer said.
The event was so successful, Littel is already working on organizing the second Haunted Torch Walk for next year, Custer said.
About 15 groups sponsored stations along the walk this year, and Custer said that the hope is that a friendly rivalry/competition will start to have the best station in years to come.