Story by Lourice Angie
The Village of Warwick Recreation Department and the Warwick Lions Club hosted their annual spooktacular Halloween Costume Parade on Wed., Oct. 31. There were no tricks, only treats when it came to the warm fall weather this Halloween with sunny skies and temperatures reaching near 70 degrees.
Hundreds of costumed revelers assembled outside of the Village Hall and along Church St., to make their way down Main St. and end at Railroad Ave., where the fun continued with a costume contest and prizes. This years’ Costume Contest included the following categories: Most Original, Scariest, Cutest and Most Warwick Pride. The contest was divided into the following age groups: 0-5, 6-9, 10-14, adult, and family ensemble.
Treats and goodies were provided to children of all ages and refreshments were available courtesy of ShopRite in Warwick. In addition, the Warwick Volunteer Fire Department handed out candy and fire prevention safety materials to children. The Warwick Police gave children glow sticks.
People of all ages dressed up in a variety of costumes. Some costumes were scary, while others were fun, and there were many different popular characters and themes. All were very creative and unique. The huge crowd eventually scattered to the side streets where trick-or-treating seemed more like a scene from a movie with picturesque autumn views, smiles and laughter.
The Village closed Oakland Ct., Welling Ave. and Orchard St. (west of Elm St.) near the Warwick Valley Community Center to vehicular traffic from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., ensuring safe conditions for trick-or-treating. Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Mayor Michael Newhard commended the work of the local Police and Volunteer Fire Department for helping keep things safe throughout the event.
“Thank you for keeping it all under control, which was great, even for the horses that were running around town. I’m glad that everyone was safe. There was huge turnout this year. It was an amazing crowd,” said Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton.