Scottdale, Mt. Pleasant set Halloween celebrations
By Marilyn Forbes
Published: Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, 9:26 a.m.
With Halloween falling on a Wednesday, Oct. 31, many municipalities are holding trick-or-treat on the weekend before the holiday and big parade events during the week of the holiday.
Both Scottdale and Mt. Pleasant boroughs will be celebrating trick-or-treat from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, and parents can be assured that officials are taking measures to ensure the safety of participating youngsters.
“We'll have the fire department out, and members of the police department will also be driving around,” said Gerald Lucia, Mt. Pleasant mayor and fire chief.
The annual Scottdale Halloween Parade will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 30, with lineup beginning at 6 in Loucks Park.
New this year will be a costume contest, starting at 6:15 p.m.
Judges will be Mayor Chuck King and borough manager Angelo Pallone. They will award first-place prizes for scariest, cutest and most original costumes.
There will be two age groups for judging: infant to 6 years and 7-12 years old. The contest is open to all children in those age brackets and will be held at a special tent site in Loucks Park.
“We always have a nice crowd for the Halloween parade,” Pallone said. “Even when it rains, they still come out for the parade. This is one event that the community really likes.”
The Mt. Pleasant Halloween Parade will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 31, with lineup to begin at 6.
“They will line up on Eagle and Main streets,” Lucia said. “There will be a fireman there on the corner that will give everyone a number that will then tell them where they are in the parade.”
Both parades, a long-standing tradition in each town, last 30 to 60 minutes and feature single marchers, families, floats and bands.
“We've had a Halloween parade here for as long as I can remember,” Pallone said. “It seems like there has always been a parade.”
“I'm going to say that we have had a parade at Halloween for the past 80 years,” Lucia said. “I've never seen a bad turnout, and I've never known it to be canceled.”
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.
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