Story by Lisa Rice
The Warwick Lions Club and Village Recreation Department once again hosted the annual Halloween parade on Mon., Oct. 31. Line up was at the Village Hall beginning at 4:30 p.m. and step off was at 5 p.m. The parade went down Main St. and onto Oakland Ave. before ending at the Railroad Green.
“I can’t believe the turnout,” said Pam Starer of the Warwick Lions Club and judge of the costume contest, along with Warwick Village Mayor Michael Newhard and Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton. “This is great.”
Last year, with Halloween falling on a weekend, there were so many people that they ran out of candy, however, the tradition seems to be going strong as parade marchers filled Railroad Ave. and the Railroad Green.
The judges didn’t have an easy job judging the costume contest, which featured highly creative homemade and store-bought costumes. Contestants were divided into three age groups: 0-5, 6-9, 10-14 and adult, and then judged in the following categories: cutest, most creative and scariest. Adults were only judged on most creative. Each of the ten winners went home with a prize bag and all of the participants got to choose a prize and snacks provided by ShopRite.