NEW CANAAN — A colossal sense of community combined with the myriad masks, costumes and cosplay of the holiday at hand Sunday afternoon when the Chamber of Commerce hosted its 40th

annual Halloween Parade event.

There were hundreds of kids and adults in costume, gathering at the Park Street Lot for a musical performance by New Canaan School of Rock, and a very popular bubble exhibition by My Balloon Guy Scotty Kazan of Stamford.

At 1 p.m., the Old Faithful antique firetruck led a very informal parade down Elm Street, but the crowds lingered and even increased as kids enjoyed an early opportunity to hit dozens of stores for tricks or treats.

“This is amazing,” said one parent who just moved to town from New York City. “The costumes are so cute.”