BRATTLEBORO — This Halloween, there were no tricks, only treats at the annual Horribles Parade.
The funeral march echoed through downtown as the Brattleboro Union High School band played and led hundreds of costumed children and their supervisors up Main Street. The group gathered at the Brattleboro Co-op at 6 p.m. and followed an officer from the Brattleboro Police Department to the Gibson-Aiken Center for a costume contest.
"It's a great way to see the community coming together," said Carol Lolatte, director of the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department. "This is a safe way to celebrate the Horribles where the kids can come in for a good time and the parents can show off their hard work of costume making."
The costume contest was broken-up into four age groups: four and under; five to seven; eight and up; and adult. Each age group had four categories: most original, scariest, cutest and funniest. Within each category for each age group there was a first, second and third place award.
"It's a fun and safe way to celebrate," said program coordinator, Sarah Clark, who handed out 12 prizes per age group.
There was a wide range of costumes, and though there were a limited amount of costume prizes, each child left with a goody bag, which included candy, trinkets and a blinking light, provided by the event's co-sponsor, the BPD. The blinking light was gifted so that the children can be more visible at nighttime to cars and their supervisors.
"I've been with the department since 1986 and this event has been going strong even before that," said Lolatte. "And I've just got to say kudos to everyone who came out tonight and especially to the Brattleboro Police Department who co-sponsored this event with us."