Spooky sights

Elk­ton Hal­loween pa­rade draws spec­ta­tors from near and far

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JOE ANTOSHAK

jan­toshak@ches­pub.com

— 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

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOE ANTOSHAK

The Elk­ton Parks and Re­cre­ation Dance Pro­gram per­forms a rou­tine for the judges dur­ing the town’s Hal­loween Pa­rade on Fri­day.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOE ANTOSHAK

A hearse with the sign “6 Ft. Un­der” drives through town dur­ing the Elk­ton Hal­loween Pa­rade on Fri­day.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOE ANTOSHAK

A boy dressed as Goku, from Dragon Ball Z, and a girl dressed as Pikachu, from Poké­mon, pose

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