It was almost “A dark and stormy night,” but after a brief rain with dark clouds the skies cleared just in time for the return of the annual Halloween Parade in the Village of Warwick.
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 headed down Main Street at 5 p.m. to Railroad Avenue where they dispersed and headed out for traditional trick or treating.
It took approximately 25 minutes for everyone in the parade, stretching almost the full length of Main Street, to reach that destination.
Ten 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.
Since then and until 2019 the popular annual event had been sponsored by the Warwick Lions Club and the Village of Warwick Recreation Department, which was this year’s only sponsor.
The usual costume contest held after the parade was canceled due to COVID-19 safety concerns but a virtual contest was held beginning Oct. 28.