SOMERVILLE, NJ -The Downtown shopping district was crowded up and down Main Street and Division Street with cute critters, creepy creatures and comical characters on a dark and gloomy Halloween that was brightened by the creativity of the costumes and makeup worn by children and adults.

Despite the weather that forced cancellation of Halloween activities in surrounding towns, "Spooktacular," sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance and Somerville Recreation Department took advantage of a mid- to late-afternoon break in the weather, with hundreds of kids with parents in tow trick-or-treating with merchants on Division Street and Main Street.

Merchants took the time to dress up for the Halloween celebration as well - even Rev. Paul Janssen stood outside United Reformed Church dressed in a leprechaun suit handing out Halloween treats. There were 83 "candy stops" according to Jason Kraska of the borough Recreation Department, who was busy handing out maps and candy on Division Street.

At the west end of Main Street, Borough Hall and the borough library hosted activities with a pumpkin carving station and games. Pumpkins were scattered on the front lawn of the building.