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Shirley’s Halloween Parade is on, minus the costume contest

A full moon on Halloween is a rare occurrence.
A full moon on Halloween is a rare occurrence. AP FILE PHOTO

SHIRLEY — A long-cherished spook-night tradition will continue this year, at least in part, with a Halloween parade in the heart of the village.

The date is Monday, Oct. 31. Trick or Treat Hours are 6-8 p.m., townwide.

The Shirley Police Department posted details on its Facebook page.

The Halloween Parade begins at 6 p.m., at Whiteley Park and ends at the War Memorial Building on Church Street.

From there, Trick or treating “witches and goblins …” can “roam through the streets …” to borrow a couple of lines from an old Halloween song, haunting the neighborhood and stopping for sweet treats at lighted houses prepared to welcome them, some of which are already decked out for the occasion.

Given that there’s been some confusion about the parade and whether American Legion Post 183 would resume the costume contest inside the War Memorial Building’s main hall that once capped the parade, Town Administrator Mike McGovern set the record straight for this year’s Halloween night.

No costume contest. Yes, there will be a parade.

“There will not be a costume contest at the Legion Hall, as in the past …” he wrote in an email. But the parade is on. Candy will be handed out at the parade’s end, outside the War Memorial Building, he said.

To recap: The fiendishly fun evening starts at Whiteley Park on Front Street, where witches, wizards, ghosts, goblins, superheroes and other costumed creatures and critters and accompanying adults — costumed or not — are invited to gather for a Halloween parade at 6 p.m.

The parade proceeds to the War Memorial Building on Church Street, where candy will be handed out — outside the building.

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