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Funkstown parade costumes range from traditional to high-tech

October 31, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown was invaded by pirates and princesses Thursday as residents got into the Halloween spirit with an annual costume parade down Baltimore Street.

Residents lined the sidewalks to watch as the whirling lights of police cars and fire engines escorted the ranks of clowns, super heroes and cheerleaders of all sizes. Also featured in the parade were the E. Russell Hicks Middle School marching band and the South Hagerstown High School "Rebel" marching band.

Hailee Mooneyhan, 8, of Funkstown, cheered from the sidelines, where she and her family pointed out the cutest and most original costumes.

"I liked the ladybug," she said, referring to one of the parade's youngest participants.

Hailee said she looks forward to the parade each fall.

"It's like a tradition every year," she said.

Other parade spectators said a standout was a boy who dressed as a working traffic light, lighting up the colored lenses with a control panel as he marched.

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"People were like, 'Ooo, look at that,' and then I would switch it," said Zane Placie, 8, of Funkstown.

Zane said his father, an engineer for CNN, builds him a technology-themed costume each year. In previous years, Zane has been a calculator and a robot, but this year his father has been on the road for months helping with coverage of the presidential campaign, his mother said. Zane thought he wasn't going to get to wear a high-tech costume this year, but his father built the traffic light costume for him while on the road and sent it home in time for Halloween, she said.

"I kind of was really excited," Zane said.

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