Elkton Halloween parade draws spectators from near and far
— Hundreds of people descended on the downtown area Friday evening for the annual Halloween parade.
Many people were costumed, others were bundled up against the chilly air and just about everyone seemed to enjoy some part
of the 40-minute parade that began shortly after 7 p.m. The festivities, which traveled down West Main Street before taking a left on North Street, included a dance troupe dressed in ancient Egyptian styles, a giant fish bowl stocked with kids who “swam” out in front of the judges’ booth and Slender Man, the urban legend that sprung from an internet horror meme in 2009.
Among those in attendance was Debbie
Morissette, who came with her granddaughter Josie. The two live in Newark, Del., but have come to this parade for years — Debbie has been coming for much longer than Josie has been alive, though she can’t remember which year was her first.
When asked if she would also go to the Newark, Del., Halloween parade later in the weekend, she said, “Sure, why not?”
There was also Elkton resident Hiliary Ulrich, who sat on the corner of North and Main streets with her son Finn shortly before the parade began. They had their two dogs with them — Sammy, dressed as a bumble bee, and Owen, dressed as Chewbacca from Star Wars.
A one-man band who at first identified himself only as “Boxturtle” — he’s Box- turtle Bob Chirnside, a local musician — played well-known tunes with a local touch, just outside the Elkton Chamber and Alliance building. Instead of singing Warren Zevon’s original “Werewolves of London” chorus, for example, Boxturtle Bob sang “Werewolves of Elkton.”
Ben Edwards, an Elkton resident donning a Donald Trump mask, stood against a small wall nearby.
“It was either going to be this or the [Trump] wig,” he said of his costume.
At about 7:50 p.m., when the parade ended and the crowd began to dissipate, a string of young boys ran up the sidewalk to get one last look at the souped-up hearse with “6 Ft. Under” written on its back window. When its engine revved a certain way, flames spilled out of its hood.
“Oh, the fire!” one boy said, as the engine revved down the street.
“I saw it!” another said.
The Elkton Parks and Recreation Dance Program performs a routine for the judges during the town’s Halloween Parade on Friday.
A hearse with the sign “6 Ft. Under” drives through town during the Elkton Halloween Parade on Friday.
A boy dressed as Goku, from Dragon Ball Z, and a girl dressed as Pikachu, from Pokémon, pose