"I watched Scooby Doo and I saw a pirate ghost, and that's what I wanted to be," said Shea, brandishing a surprisingly realistic foam sword. "The candy I most want to get is chocolate."
Jack was accompanied to the festival by his dad, Mike Shea, and grandparents Mary and Tim Shea.
"I tell him to get one candy bar for himself, and one for Grandpa every time he knocks on a door," said Tim Shea.
Calvin Bauer, 13, wore a 100-year-old kilt originally owned by his great-great-great-grandfather.
"This belt has real horse's hair," said Bauer, who carried a flag but did not try to entertain the crowd with a bagpipe solo. "I won a prize in the most original costume category. We can't wear costumes to school anymore so it's fun to wear one today."
At nightfall, an enormous bonfire lit up the park and warmed frozen fingers and toes. The event closed with a fireworks display, and kids trudged home to rest up for the big day.
"I like Reese's peanut butter cups the best, and I hate getting black licorice," said Jesse Dugan, 11. "I also do like it when I get rubber bands. They're cool.""