Story by Lourice Angie
The Village of Warwick Recreation Department and Warwick Lions Club hosted this year’s Halloween Parade on Tues., Oct. 31 in the Village of Warwick. The event was part of the Village’s Sesquicentennial celebration that has been held throughout the year.
Hundreds of parade goers assembled on Church St. and in front of Village Hall to march in the Spooktacular Halloween Parade. The Warwick Police and the Warwick Fire Department helped secure the way for the parade route down Main St. The procession was led by Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard, Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Mary Collura, the Event Coordinator of the Sesquicentennial Committee.
People of all ages marched through the Village wearing innovative, colorful, historic and frightening costumes. The parade concluded on Railroad Ave., where Halloween treats were provided. The Warwick Fire Department handed out small flashlight keychains, fire safety goods and lots of candy.
A Spooktacular Costume Contest
Sesquicentennial festivities continued on Railroad Ave. with a costume contest. Categories included: Most Original, Cutest, Most Warwick Pride and Most Historic for ages 0-5, 6-9, 10-14, adult and family ensemble. This year’s contest judges were Supervisor Sweeton, Mayor Newhard and President of the Warwick Lions Club Pam Starer.
Winners selected a prize from a box and received gift bags that included candy and candy apples as well as Merchants Guild gift certificates. In addition to the costume contest, Mayor Newhard also announced the winners of the ‘Scare the Mayor Contest,’ where the Mayor and Kid Mayor Daniel Alquezada Madero visited the Most Scariest houses in Warwick.
Don Presutti won first place for his frightening Halloween display, located at 7 Kenilworth Ln. Karl Scheible at 19 Oakland Ct. took second place, and the third place winner was Michael Becker of 6 Orchard St. The Kid Mayor’s Choice Award went to Peter Larkin for his scary display on Linden Pl.
For more information on contest winners and announcements visit the Village website at www.villageofwarwick.org or visit their Facebook page. To view additional photos of this event, visit the Dispatch website at www.wvdispatch.com or our Facebook page.