Story by Lourice Angie
On Thurs., Oct. 31, the Village of Warwick Recreation Department and the Warwick Lions Club hosted their annual Spooktacular Halloween Parade and Costume Contest in the village of Warwick. Hundreds of families, children and people of all ages dressed up in costumes, braved the steady drizzle of rain, and lined up along Church St. The parade promptly stepped off at 5 p.m., led by the 2019 District 19 Little League Harvest Cup Champions from Warwick Little League and a Warwick Police escort.
Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard and Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton were honored to join the young men in leading the Parade down Main St. to the Railroad Green, where children each received candy bags and Shoprite of Warwick provided refreshments. Many people marched with umbrellas to keep dry while others cheered, waved and played the role of their costume.
This year’s Halloween Costume Contest showcased the many creative, creepy, colorful and cute costumes that bring the true Halloween spirit to Village of Warwick each year. The Costume Contest included the following categories: Most Original, Scariest, Cutest and Most Warwick Pride, divided into age groups: 0-5, 6-9, 10-14, adult and family ensemble. Contest participants circled the judges for a chance to be noticed and stand out among the crowd.
‘Scare The Mayor’ Contest Winners
Mayor Newhard announced the winners of the ‘Scare the Mayor’ contest, a competition to select the scariest, most inspired and haunting homes in the Village.
This year’s winner for Overall Scariest: Don Presutti of Kenilworth Ln.; Best Theme: Clowns by Michael Santiago, Jr. of West St.; Best Use of Materials, Witches Cove by Ray & Francine DeGuzman on Oakland Ct.; Most Creative, UFOs by Anita & Bernard Deville and Cesar Veneta-Katstra on Oakland Ct.; and Best Special Effects by Chris and Natasha Miele of Welling Ave.
Special thanks goes out to The Warwick Police, Fire Dept. and EMS, who all did a fantastic job ensuring the safety of all during the event and for the remainder of the evening as children went trick or treating from door to door before the 8 p.m. town-wide curfew.
“Such a big crowd at the Warwick Halloween Parade. Well done Warwick Recreation, Warwick PD, Warwick Fire, Warwick EMS, Mayor Newhard and all the residents who came out today,” said Sweeton.