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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 1:33 p.m.

Bridgeville's annual Halloween parade is for children 12 and younger, but that doesn't stop other parade participants from getting into the spirit of the season.

Parade organizer and former council member Deborah Colosimo said it's not uncommon to see the parents, organizers and marching band members in costume along with the children as they march through the neighborhoods in costume.

“It's a lot of fun,” Colosimo said. “Some people get really creative. Last year, we even had a dad decorate a pull-wagon to look like a rocket ship to match his child's costume.”

The Bridgeville Halloween parade is scheduled for Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Goodwill Manor senior high rise, 601 McMillan St.

It's free to participate in the parade, which has been a tradition in Bridgeville since the early 1980s, when several community volunteers at the Bridgeville Community Alliance began organizing the event.

Last year, the borough and volunteer fire department took over organizing the parade in an effort to ensure its longevity.

“We're pretty big on tradition in this little town,” Colosimo said. “We do it for the kids. We want to keep them busy and keep them out of trouble.”

Borough secretary Cheryl Valentino said the parade is funded by donations from community members and local businesses, and each year the parade has about 100 participants.

“Now that we don't have a neighborhood school, it's important for the community,” Colosimo said.

This year, the Chartiers Valley High School marching band and a strolling magician will accompany the parade and perform at the fire station.

The parade will begin on McMillan Street and proceed down Dewey Avenue, Station Street, Railroad Street and Commercial Street to the fire station, where there will be treat bags, pumpkin decorating and other seasonal activities sponsored by local businesses.

Kelsey Shea is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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