Throughout the day of October 26, chairs and blankets could be seen accumulating along the streets of Red Lion in anticipation for what was to come that night.
Vendors could be seen loading their carts with various light-up toys and balloons, preparing for hordes of small children aching for a new prize to take home.
Extravagant floats hooked up to the backs of trucks were rolling down the street with one destination: the parking lot of Red Lion Area Senior High School.
It’s a familiar sight for all, a sure sign that Red Lion’s annual Halloween parade would soon be on its way. It’s always a busy day for the small town, but one that everyone enjoys.
In fact, many of those in the Red Lion community have been coming to the parade for so long that it is a yearly tradition within their families.
“I’ve been coming for 12 years,” Brittney Riedel, a Red Lion sophomore, said.
Many students have similar stories of their favorite parade memories, but not everyone has spent several chilly childhood nights diving for candy and seeing their friends dancing on floats.
“This is my first year coming,” Sam Koons, an eighth grader, said. “The best part so far is just the fun environment, and getting all the free candy.”
First-timer Melanie Tarnacki also had a great time. “I was really impressed by how organized it all was.”
While getting excited during the parade is typical for quite a few, it’s also a lot of fun for those in the parade.
“I love seeing all of the different floats,” said Maddie Webst, 11, who was handing out candy with the Girl Scouts float. “I really like the creepy limos.”
Junior Jacklyn Henshaw, who has walked in the parade as part of FFA for three years, always enjoys it. “I love when the little kids come to pet the animals we bring,” Henshaw said. “It’s always so great to see them smile.”
The parade not only featured the high school’s FFA club, but numerous other clubs and groups as well; including, Red Lion’s cheerleaders, the swim team, the Marching Lions, the lacrosse team, the Felton Fire Company, White Rose Twirlers, Wanda’s Cadets, the wrestling team, and many more.
All in all, if the crowded streets of Red Lion on Monday night could say anything, it’d be that the parade was a huge success, with both floats and the spectators alike.