It was a dark and stormy night – for real.
On Thursday evening, Oct. 31, rain, heavy at times, and dark spooky clouds did not deter another record crowd from participating in the annual Halloween Parade.
Once again this year's large crowd of what may have been more than 1,200 ghosts, goblins, witches and an assortment of movie, cartoon and even more creative characters, resembled the crowds at Applefest, Warwick's largest celebration.
The rain had subsided and grateful for a mild 70-degree temperature, the marchers assembled on Church Street and at 5 p.m. headed down Main Street to Railroad Avenue for a costume contest and Halloween treats.
It took approximately 25 minutes for everyone in the parade, stretching almost the full length of Main Street, to reach that destination.
Eight years ago the annual Halloween Parade had been sponsored on alternate years by Warwick's American Legion Post 214 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4662.
But since then, the popular annual event has been sponsored by the Warwick Lions Club and the Village of Warwick Recreation Department.
The costume judges this year were Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Mayor Michael Newhard and Vicky Hague, president of the Warwick Lions.
This year’s Costume Contest included categories such as most original, scariest, cutest and most Warwick pride.
Age groups ranged from under five years old to, adult and family ensemble.
- Roger Gavan