Ghouls, creatures and characters in the hundreds marched up Main St. in Warrensburg Thursday as the Warrensburg Fire Co. held their annual Halloween Parade. Many of the parade participants displayed considerable creativity in their costumes.
They walked, stalked, staggered and lurched through downtown.
Goblins, ghouls, ghosts, princesses, prowling beasts — Hundreds of them.
The creatures were marching down Main St. on Monday in the annual Halloween parade.
Fueled with fun and imagination, the procession continued down Elm St. and ended in the Warrensburg Elementary School with a concluding party.
The events, sponsored by the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co., have been a beloved tradition in the community for more than three decades.
No need to tell Kate Yarmowich Belden, 27 years old. She was marching while carrying her baby son James, who was dressed in a lady-bug costume she wore 27 years ago.
“This tradition is one of the wonderful things about Warrensburg, she said, as her mother Reen remarked she had a trunk full of costumes in the basement that were ready for “recycling” with a new generation.
“It’s great to see the townspeople come together like this, all with smiles on their faces,” Belden added.
The march included all kinds of creatures whether they were insects, aliens, or spooks.
This year’s parade also featured a large number of consumer products. Youngsters were posing as such items as a McDonald’s Happy Meal, a pouch of Capri Sun, and a bar of Dial soap. John Kelly, 11, as a can of “Monster” energy drink, marched down Main, accompanied by his friend Jacob Johnson, who sported dangling green arms and insect eyes.
Other creatures were more earth-bound. Josh Hall, dressed as an Adirondacker, carried his one-year old Jake, decked out in leaves as a tree. They bore a sign that read “Tree Hugger.”
The parade through town was backed up by a fire truck blaring “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” and other Halloween-themed music through its public address system.
People of all ages were involved in the parade. Grownups posed as witches and ghouls. Maggie Bammert was dressed in Victorian garb, as she had appeared days earlier in the local historical society’s Dinner with the Dead event.
Generations enjoyed the march together.
One trio parading included Helen Lawler, 78 — garbed in purple hair and a Mardi Gras Mask, her daughter Jeanine Lawler as a witch with rotten teeth and crooked nose, and granddaughter Taylor, 6, posing as Olivia the Pig.
Humans weren’t alone in enjoying the fun. Teenagers Sarah Leguire and friend Stuart Ketchum marched Leguire’s two dogs in the parade: “Happy” the Husky, garbed as a peace-loving hippie, was accompanied by an Italian Greyhound decked out in orange and black.
Fire Co. President Kevin Geraghty said that the costumes were as creative as ever. “We’re pleased as always that so many people came out for the parade,” he said as he handed out one of 60 trophies at the concluding party held at Warrensburg Elementary School. “We firefighters enjoy this as much as the kids, if not more.”
Award-winners included youngsters Brent, Bailey and Benjamin Ackley dressed up as buccaneers in a wagon disguised as a pirate ship.
Miles and Maris Martin posed as lion trainer and lion, respectively, towed in a wagon transformed into a circus cage, towed by parents Caleb and Brianne Martin of Thurman.
Ruth Near, 84, watched the family quartet wheel by.
“This tradition is fantastic — I can’t get over the creativity,” she said.