by Rebekah Wicke
75th Annual Jaycees Halloween Parade
- The 2016 Halloween Parade will take place on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.
- The parade begins at Wirt Ave. and Baltimore St. and continues to the Guthrie Memorial Library.
- The Borough of Hanover ordinance allows chairs to be set up along the parade route the prior day at 5 p.m.
- Rain date is the Monday after the originally scheduled parade, but it has never needed to be used.
- Famous grand marshals include Butch Wynegar (Red Lion), catcher with the Minnesota Twins; Johnny Unitas, retired HOF Baltimore Colts quarterback; Elrod Hendricks, coach and former catcher from the Baltimore Orioles; and Chuck Thompson, HOF broadcaster for the Orioles.
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Getting Spooky at Codorus State Park
Spooky trees, sweet treats, and dedicated decorators make for a night of family fun – and frights – at Codorus. On October 21 and 22, volunteer campers will have, for the tenth year, descended upon 95 rented campsites at Codorus to spookify them and hand out candy to trick or treaters.
The Halloween in the Park weekend is a fundraiser, put on by Friends of Codorus. From arts and crafts to wagon rides to the Pet Parade, a special event for pets in Halloween costumes, the weekend is packed with Halloween delights. While family friendly Halloween themed activities take place throughout the weekend, the campers are busy decorating their campsites, prepping for trick or treaters to arrive at 5:30 each night.
“They have done anything from laser carved pumpkins to giant minion inflatables to sports theme décor to singing pumpkins and holograms! There are elaborate graveyards, giant spiders, dancing skeletons, and a camper sized pumpkin, and on and on. The atmosphere at the campground completely transforms!” describes Kathy Bealing, the administrator of Halloween in the Park.
Bealing notes that the spook factor is kept to a minimum, however, for younger visitors, and that safety measures are put in place to make sure that visitors of all ages safely enjoy the event. And it’s surely popular – about 80% of campers return year after year, and have committed to camping out and handing out candy in any sort of weather – even snow and torrential downpours!
“The campers love to “one up” themselves each year by adding to their displays. They hunt down post Halloween sales, getting those extra lights, skeletons, and pumpkins at bargain prices, so they can do it up even bigger for the next year. Yes, they plan far in advance,” Bealing explains.
Anything for candy and a good time! Speaking of candy, the event relies on donated candy. According to Bealing, over 3,000 pieces of candy were handed out last year.
After loading up on candy, trick or treaters can take in the other activities going on in the park – and there are plenty. Bealing attributes the success and longevity of the fundraiser to the volunteers and campers.
“This year marks 10 years for this fundraiser. There are quite a few campers who have been with us six or more years. They have witnessed its growth, starting out with a meager 30 or so campers back in 2007. It is a testimonial to their effort and generosity that it has become the success that it is,” Bealing says.
On the weekend of Oct. 21-22, the campgrounds at Codorus State Park will turn into a frighteningly good time. Part of the campground is reserved for campers who decorate their sites and pass out candy to the visiting trick or treaters. There is a 1.5 mile hayride with family friendly displays. Trick or treating will be available for kids from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., all other attractions will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Learn more at www.halloweeninthepark.org.