Story by Shelley Clapper
On a picture perfect day on Wed., Oct. 31, Village of Florida residents assembled in front of the firehouse in Florida, NY for the annual Halloween parade.
The parade began with an assortment of witches, ghosts, spiders, vampires and other characters as they made their way down Main St. The parade was followed a fire department vehicle playing ghoulish Halloween music. To the delight of the children, candy was thrown in their path.
After the parade everyone assembled at the Florida Fire Department’s firehouse to enjoy a spread of doughnuts, cupcakes, cider and hot chocolate. A costume competition was held, which was divided into age categories from newborns to one year old to older children.
One of the outstanding costumes was a baby ghost costume made by the child’s mother, Kim, for her daughter, Charlotte. Another was “The Claw” – worn by Liam that included a box with a claw for picking up toys. There was even a two year old wearing a handmade Caterpillar machine construction vehicle.
At the end of a fun evening, Fire Department member Jeff Babcock thanked the Florida Chamber of Commerce and local vendors such as Northern Bear, Dunkin Donuts, Dagele Farms, Shuback Farms, Apple Ridge Orchards and Kimiecik Landscaping for their donations, and Stacy Jensen and Ashley from the Fire Department for judging the contest.