Avalon kids loved showing off their Halloween costumes at the annual Halloween Parade. They lined up behind their teachers and marched down the parade route with their classmates and delighted all the spectators lining Front Street. Photo by Karen Meadows.
All children, grades 5th and under, were welcome to join the fun of Avalon’s annual Halloween Parade. October 31. The parade began by the statue of Big Ben at 4:00 p.m. Kids in an array of costumes lined up with their class behind their teachers, and at 4:00 p.m. the fifth grade students lead the parade. They set a faster pace than that of previous years with preschoolers and kindergarten classes leading the way. The parade quickly flew by, ending at Casino Way, and afterwards the kids were ready to go to local merchants and homes to trick or treat. A new place to trick or treat this year was Avalon’s Sheriff Station. who participated in the city’s Halloween festivities by giving away candy to all the trick or treaters who stopped by the station. A special table was set up outside, and volunteer coordinator, Deputy Doug DeCesare, made all the arrangements. He was assisted by a cadre of dedicated station volunteers – Cheryl Allison, Earl Roof, Glen Gustafson, and Armida Ruth. The volunteers handed out more than 20 pounds of Halloween candy from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The volunteers seemingly enjoyed the event as much as the children as they were able to see some fantastic costumes and a lot of happy kids. Everyone had a great time! The event was so successful, the Avalon Sheriff’s Department plans to do this every year. The Halloween Parade is sponsored by the City of Avalon Recreation Department, Avalon Schools, and the PTA.