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The show must go on!

Community members come together to keep tradition

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Students in costume play instuments as they march through Monument Square during the Halloween Parade in Lewistown.

LEWISTOWN — Aaron Wilson, a member of Lewistown Borough Council and Cassandra Goss, have stepped up to make sure that the Halloween Parade goes on as planned as a highlight of the spooky season.

This year’s parade marks the 100th year of the Halloween Parade in Lewistown Borough. The parade is set to take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Normally the parade is sponsored and hosted by FAME EMS, but FAME was faced with the hard decision of pulling out of the parade this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Holding the event would have resulted in a loss of funding and insurance.

Wilson spoke as to why the event was is so important: “With everything happening with COVID, the little kids, haven’t had a normal summer and really nothing normal. So why not give them a little beam of hope.”

Goss added, “Its not even just the kids, its the little old lady that you see all excited in her chair watching the parade with her grandchildren. Its the whole community that get behind it.”

Gaining support from the community is the biggest step in making sure the parade goes off without a hitch. When FAME ran the event, they had insurance and funding to help them put it together.

Now, there is the problem of funding the event out of pocket. Goss said, “We needed to purchase insurance, they fundraised throughout the year for this and we are taking it on in less than a month.” The insurance will run as high as $500, so community donations are greatly welcomed.

Here are the ways you can donate:

There is a nonprofit organization bank account at Kish Bank called Lewistown Borough Halloween Parade and anyone can donate to the account. Also there is a fundraiser on Facebook on the Mifflin County Trick or Treat Crawl group page that the community can donate to as well. Several businesses and citizens have donated already so every little bit helps.

“Overall I think it is important to keep the community involved, we are just asking for their support, it really is important to have backing for these kids,” Wilson said.

This event is one of the most popular events in the borough. “When FAME took over the event, they averaged 40 participants in the parade. Last year, they had 80 to 100 applicants, not including all the vehicles and drivers who are apart of it,” Goss said.

The parade will also follow a different route this year than in years past. PennDOT is not currently issuing any parade permits, so the parade cannot follow any PennDOT roadways. The new route will traverse South Grand and South Wayne Streets. Goss added that there will be plenty of room to social distance with this new route. The parade will start by going up South Grand Street, then cut over to West Charles Street and down South Wayne Street, ending at the Green Gables.

Questions regarding the event will likely be answered by the Mifflin County Trick or Treat crawl Facebook group or callers can contact Cassandra Goss at (717) 953-2569 or by email at cassandra.goss0812@gmail.com. Parade registration will begin Oct. 12 following the Borough Council voting meeting.

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