Organizers of the West Burlington / Burlington Halloween Parade announced last week that the parade is returning after a two-year hiatus. The parade originally started in 1946, and community members from Burlington and West Burlington heard the public’s disappointment during the last two years and decided it was time to bring it back and make sure it continues as a family tradition for our area for many years to come.
This year the parade will be held in Burlington on Oct. 24. Line up for the parade will start at 7 p.m. on the far end of the Burlington Turnpike. The parade will start at 7:30 p.m. with the Grand Marshall’s, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sherman, leading the way.
Anyone wishing to participate in this year’s parade is welcomed. Judging categories will be as follows: Horses and Ponies, Organization Floats, Individual Floats, Pets, Novelties and ATV’S and Old Cars. Individual costumes will be judged by child, and by adult. The categories chosen for judging are Scariest, Most Original, Furriest, Best themed Group, Prettiest and Ugliest.
In keeping with tradition, all individual walkers under the age of 16 will receive that famous half dollar. After the parade, everyone is invited to the Dandy Mini Mart parking lot on the Burlington Turnpike side for the traditional bake goods auction with the one and only Dale Harper as Auctioneer. Anyone wishing to donate baked goods for the auction should bring them to the table before the start of the parade.
New for this year will be Trunk or Treating. This too will be held after the parade in the Dandy Mini Mart parking lot on the Burlington Turnpike side. There will be absolutely be no parking allowed in this area except for these vehicles, due to safety reasons. Anyone wishing to participate in this is asked to sign up by calling Tracey Weldy at (570) 529-3295, Mindy Austin at (570) 297-4842, or Nanette Good at (570) 265-6931. Participating vehicles should be at the Dandy by 6:30 p.m.
Like always, there will be free doughnuts, donated by Hurley’s and apple cider for the public. Hot dogs, coffee and hot chocolate will be available for a small fee.
Anyone wishing to make donations to the parade, please mail checks to Nanette Good, 1129a Burlington Turnpike, Towanda, Pa. 18848.