Halloween season to feature parades, parties, haunted houses
Parade floats and children in costumes will begin lining up for parades as early as Thursday to kick off the Halloween season in Bradford County.
The 66th annual Burlington-West Burlington Halloween parade will take place Thursday. Lineup for the parade, which takes place in Burlington this year, will begin at 7 p.m., and the parade will begin moving at 7:30 p.m.
The parade will feature food concessions, a bake sale and free cider and doughnuts, according to parade organizers. Winning floats, marching units and individuals will receive cash prizes.
Cider and doughnuts will also be served following the annual Valley Halloween Parade, sponsored this year by the Sayre-Athens Lions Club and the Athens Area School District. The parade, themed "A Spooktacular Comeback," will kick off at 10 a.m. at Athens Presbyterian Church in Athens. The parade forms on the right side of South Main Street at 9 a.m.
Floats, clubs and marching bands from Sayre, Athens and Waverly high schools will travel down Main Street to Valley Playland, where the Lions will serve the refreshments.
Monetary prizes will be awarded for the best floats representing the parade's theme, most original floats, best community-minded floats and the largest uniformed marching unit, according to parade organizers.
The Canton Civic Club will kick off its annual parade Saturday evening. Floats will line up behind Canton High School, and costumes and novelties will be judged in the Church of Christ parking lot located at Union Street and Minnequa Avenue. Judging begins at 4:30 p.m., and the parade kicks off at 5 p.m.
The parade will be led by Mrs. Castle's second-graders, who chose this year's theme, "Candy Land."
The Towanda Fire Department's 85th annual parade will travel down Main Street beginning at 7 p.m., with lineup starting at 6 p.m.
The Troy Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual parade on Halloween itself, with lineup beginning at 5 p.m. at W.R. Croman Primary School. The parade, which begins at 6 p.m., will proceed down Canton Street, onto Elmira Street, down Taylor Street and end at Troy Area High School, according to information from the chamber. Trick-or-treating in the borough will take place after the parade until 8:30 p.m.
Costume judging registration will be held at 5 p.m., with judging at 5:15 p.m. Prizes will be awarded by age group. Float judging will take place at 5:30 p.m.
Haunted houses also continue this week. Girl Scout Brownie Troop 255 of LeRoy will host a haunted house from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the LeRoy Community Association building, located at the baseball field on Mill Street.
A $3 admission, which troop officials said includes "spooky fun and tasty treats," will benefit the troop's efforts to raise funds for uniforms, trips, activities and camping.
The Edge Fitness Center in North Towanda is also raising funds through its open house, which will continue on weekends at the center. Proceeds from admission to the haunted house - $10 per person, $5 for children ages 6 through 12 and free for children 5 and younger - will benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
The haunted house will be open from 7 p.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday and 7 p.m. until midnight on Halloween night.
The Athens Township Volunteer Fire Company plans to hold a party for adults at 7 p.m. Saturday at its hall on Herrick Avenue.
A $5 per person admission includes beverages, according to information from the fire company. The party will also feature door prizes and live music from the band Department 24, and the kitchen will be open.
The best part of Halloween for children - trick-or-treating - will be held on Halloween in most areas, although some townships are getting an early start.
In Standing Stone Township, children will trick-or-treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Those participating are asked to leave their porch lights on.
Trick-or-treat will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Rome Borough and at 5 p.m. Saturday in Canton Borough, following the parade.
Ulster, Towanda, North Towanda, Asylum and South Creek townships as well as Sylvania, Sayre and Athens boroughs will hold trick-or-treat Oct. 31.
In East Smithfield, a "trunk-or-treat" will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Halloween evening at the SRU Elementary School campus.