Everyone loves a parade, especially a pre-school, pre-Halloween parade! In what has become an annual tradition, students of the Wee Angels School at Duncan United Methodist Church lined up Friday morning at 9:00 am with sugary hopes of an early candy haul prior to Berryville’s official Halloween celebration.
But a lot goes into a parade, especially when it involves goblin toddlers. One grandparent summarized the event as follows:
1. To the bathroom
2. Chow down on the pretzels for energy
3. Line up for the parade
4. Start the Parade
5. Visit the participating main street businesses
6. Check all the bags (probably about 40) for a lost set of car keys that someone let drop into a candy bag
7. Collapse and appreciate you won’t be with the kids after they eat all the candy collected
Teachers helped the older children prepare by first assisting with costumes and then ensuring that EVERYONE made a trip to the bathroom before a final stop in the classroom for a quick snack.
Once the logistical details were settled all souls lined up for the trick or treat trek to visit local businesses on Main Street.
Even without the thought of candy, what could be more exciting than donning the spookiest costumes imaginable in the hopes of scaring passers-by even in broad daylight?
The ghoulish troop left the school onto Main Street towards North Church Street stopping first at the Bank of Clarke then onto BB&T to collect more candy and more smiles from the tellers.
The next stop was Sponsellers Florist followed by Berryville Pharmacy, MacKenzies Restaurant, Longerbeam Heating, and the Tastee Freez.
As the scary parade crossed the street at Buckmarsh and Main many merchants were drawn out onto the sidewalk and were ready to offer treats in exchange for avoiding the “tricks” that were surely waiting if the candy tribute was not forthcoming.
The parade of demons and devils then wound down the street past the Berryville Newstand, Potters Barber Shop, Moler’s Insurance to Panetteria Malucci before heading back to the school; But not without one last stop at RE-Max Realty.
All of the ghouls were reportedly satisfied with the early outing however none conceded another trip out on Halloween night.
Barbara Lee leads Duncan Memorial United Method Church’s Wee Angels program. For more information on the program please visit www.DuncanMemorialUMC.org
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