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Greencastle Halloween Parade bewitches town

October 27, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Girl Scout Troop 81005 of Greencastle, Pa., were one of 36 entries in Friday night's Halloween Parade sponsored by the Greencastle Exchange Club.
By Roxann Miller

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — From cute kids in costume to unique floats, the annual Greencastle Halloween Parade cast a spell over young and old alike on Friday night.

Even before the first drum beat from the Greencastle-Antrim high school and middle school marching bands, eager parade-goers claimed their spots along the parade route to get the best vantage point.

The parade, sponsored by the Greencastle Exchange Club, started at the Jerome R. King Playground, followed South Carlisle Street to the square and turned east onto Baltimore Street. At Allison Street, the parade headed north to Walter Avenue and then west to Carlisle Street before ending at the playground.

Even though Thursday was trick or treat in Greencastle, Adam Booze, 9 and his brother Mason, 7, are proof that kids can never get their fill of candy.

Holding his stash of candy, Adam said one of the main reasons he came to the parade was to grab some of the candy tossed from the floats.

“I like the floats, but I really like the candy,” he said.

His friend Julie Mills and her brother Carter, who were dressed like Super Mario Brothers, held much smaller bags of candy.

“I like the flags (in the parade),” Julie said.

The Greencastle police opened the parade leading the way for the scout troops, bands and floats to pass through downtown Greencastle to entertain the hundreds of parade-goers lining the streets to watch the 20 minute parade.

Some of the things witnessed could only be seen in a Halloween parade.

The three little pigs walked peacefully into town with a ferocious looking big bad wolf. Not far behind, a lad dressed like a police officer walked hand-in-hand with a tiny angel who needed a little coaxing to stay in the parade route.

A beautiful 1930 Ford Tudor was a hit with the crowd all by itself, but when a creepy hand tossed candy from a vehicle being pulled from behind the Tudor — the crowd was thrilled.

But, one of the most innovative entries was Quad State Air Compressor’s volcano float that spewed candy rather than lava when the volcano erupted. 

“This is basically just something we do to give back to the community,” said Nathan Nardi, parade chairman and exchange club member.

Graycyn Lily Rife, 6, Greencastle, came to cheer on her friends who were dressed like the three little pigs in the parade.

Her mother Michele said it’s a family tradition to attend the parade.

“We’ve been coming since the girls were little,” she said. “We’ve been here when it was really cold. This is really nice.”

Winners

Individual Winners
First: Keith Russell, Jr.,
Second: McKenna Rakaczewski
Third: Paxton Diana

Groups
First: Despicable Me Minions
Second: The Three Little Pigs
Third: Girl Scout Daisy Troop 80853

Floats
First: Quad State Air Compressors
Second: Cub Scout Pack 13 Den 5 Weblow Scouts
Third: Tom Hovetter

Exchange Club Initiative Award: David Shedder

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