Saturday was filled with Halloween celebrations throughout the area, including large parades in Waverly and Towanda.

Waverly hosted this year's Valley Halloween Parade, featuring high school marching bands, local dignitaries and Valley-area organizations.

In keeping with this year's theme, "Waverly's Walking Dead," zombies wandered village streets and hitched rides on a variety of floats. Thankfully, one business, Valley Property Works, also thought to send a "zombie response team," with a zombie hunter perched atop a pickup truck.

The parade traveled east on Broad Street, then turned onto Pennsylvania Avenue and concluded at Muldoon Park. The Sayre-Athens Lions Club served cider and donuts following the parade.

On Saturday night, ghouls, clowns and other characters took over the streets of Towanda for the annual Towanda Halloween Parade, organized by the Towanda Borough Fire Department. The department puts on the parade each year with the help of community and business donations.

The large parade clocked in at about an hour this year, with at least 40 entries including local fire departments, youth clubs and performers. This year's parade traveled east on Elm Street, then south on Main Street through downtown, ending at Elizabeth Street.

Towanda's parade featured several bands, including the Kirby Band, the Penn-York Highlanders, the Wyalusing Adult Band and several high school marching bands.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: