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Scottdale, Mt. Pleasant prepare for Halloween parades

| Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 6:40 p.m.

Ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be spotted soon on the streets of Mt. Pleasant and Scottdale as both towns prepare for Halloween parades and events.

Scottdale's parade will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, beginning at Loucks Park. Line-up begins at 6:30 p.m.

The parade will proceed down Pittsburgh Street to South Broadway, follow South Broadway to Market Street, up Market Street to the Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department.

“It's a parade, and we always get a good turnout,” Scottdale Borough Manager Angelo Pallone said. “It's a fun event where the kids get to dress up and enjoy themselves.”

The parade was canceled last year because of the weather, which is a rare occasion.

“We'll still have it if it rains, but it was monsoon weather last year,” Pallone said. “We were really disappointed that we had to cancel, but it was just too bad out.”

Prior to the parade, the Scottdale Parks Commission is hosting its first costume contest. It will be held at Loucks Park.

“We are going to have a small tent there for the contest,” said Scottdale Parks Commission member Heidi Jacquillard.

The event will begin at 6:15 p.m. There will be different age groups for infants to 3-year-olds; 4- to 7-year olds; and 8- to 12-year olds.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each age category. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, and each child will receive a treat bag.

“We wanted to do something to get us out more into the community,” Jacquillard said. “This is something fun that we thought we could do in addition to the parade.”

The annual Mt. Pleasant Halloween Parade will be held starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The parade line-up will be held at the intersection of Eagle and Main streets. The event is hosted by the Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department.

“There will be firemen at the line-up area that will tell you what your number is,” Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Chief Jerry Lucia said. “We always get a good crowd, and it's good to get there early if you can for line-up.”

Prior to the parade, a Fall Sports Viking pep rally will be held at the gazebo in Veterans Park starting at 6 p.m.

The parade route will be straight down Main Street to the bottom of the east end at Center Avenue.

New this year, parade participants will end up at the Shop Demo Depot store, where they will be given treats provided by the fire department.

Shop Demo Depot is at 23 W. Main Street at One Cook's Way.

“They are opening for us this year for the kids to go there,” Lucia said of Shop Demo Depot. “After the parade, they will then have hot chocolate and cookies for the kids.”

“This is all, of course, weather-dependent. After the rain that we had last year, I am really hoping for some nice weather,” Lucia said.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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