Harleysville Halloween Parade draws a crowd
Ghosts and ghouls marched and danced down Maple Avenue Saturday, Oct. 20, for the 30th annual Harleysville Halloween Parade.
Spectators lined the street sitting in lawn chairs, on blankets and on the curb and many children clutched jack-o’-lantern candy carriers.
The parade began at Indian Valley Middle School at 11 a.m., after the judges had chosen the first-, secondand third-place costume winners in several categories.
Among the parade participants were the Leos, a junior club associ- ated with the Harleysville Lions, as well as kids and adults dressed as princesses, clowns, superheroes, witches, animals and cartoon characters.
There was also a group of “Ghostbusters” sporting sunglasses and backpacks with a large group of girls dressed as ghosts with white tutus, pigtails and white makeup. The car in front of group played the theme song to “Ghostbusters,” and the girls did a dance routine.
Several people after the parade said the scariest and the best participant in the parade was a car driven by a man in a skeleton costume. The car had a dummy on top of the car, and a man dressed as a zombie hobbled behind them.
In addition to the groups and individuals, the parade featured several firetrucks and a John Deere tractor. The Marine Corps Reserve also drove through the parade and collected unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots.
Parade Chairman Dean Shollenberger, who has been organizing the event for several years, said he was pleased with this year’s parade.
“It’s a great turnout, and the weather is perfect,” he said.
When the parade ended, the participants and people who watched