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Halloween parade planned for Oct. 26

SPRINGVILLE — Kids spend a lot of time getting their costumes ready for Halloween, from conceiving the perfect character to arranging the elements involved. Why limit all that work to just one night? The Springville Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a children’s costume parade to give the kids a chance to show off their outfits outside of Oct. 31.

The festivities start at noon on Oct. 26, at M&T Bank on Mechanic Street, where kids are invited to register for the costume contest and line up for the march. This year, pets are also invited to join in the festivities.

Organizer Helen Brogan said that last year, “there were some really good-looking dogs” that took the costumed walk around the block, which led to the SACC parade committee creating a four-legged category.

Participants will parade along the sidewalk through the downtown business district, ending up at Concord Town Hall for an after-party sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5260, the Men’s Auxiliary, VFW Post No. 431, the Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion.

“Years ago, the PennySaver used to sponsor the parade and [the children] walked right down the street, before there were issues with closing state roads,” Brogan noted. Approximately 20 children participate annually, and she said she expects a similar number again, this year.

There will be prizes awarded to the costume contest entrants. Children younger than age 13 are invited to participate in the contest and Brogan said adults are welcome to march too, although there are no prizes for the grown-ups.

For more information, contact the SACC at 592-4746.


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