School’s traditional Halloween parade set for Oct. 28

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

As local traditions go, this is one of the best.

The annual Groveport Elementary School Halloween Parade through historic downtown Groveport will be held on Oct. 28 at 2:15 p.m. The parade features students walking in their Halloween costumes to the delight of parents, residents, and business owners who watch the parade go by. It’s a small town tradition that is believed to date back at least 75 years, though its origins have faded over time.

According to the Groveport Police, the parade route will start at Groveport Elementary, proceed west down Main Street, then south on Oak Street, then east down Cherry Street to the sidewalk along Wirt Road and back to Groveport Elementary. A Groveport Police cruiser will lead the parade of costumed kids and a couple of Groveport Police officers will walk with the kids as well.

“This kids’ Halloween parade is a time honored tradition in Groveport,” said Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams. “It’s part of our heritage.”

Adams will don a costume himself and join the kids in the parade, but he is not revealing yet what his costume will be.

“It’s a surprise,” said Adams.

This traditional Halloween parade is a favorite of students and teachers as well as Groveport residents.

“I love the traditions we have here at our school,” said Groveport Elementary Principal April Bray. “It gives the kids a sense of belonging and something to look forward to every year. It is so cool when kids tell me their parents, grandparents, or aunts, uncles remember walking in the parade when they were little.”

She said the Halloween parade is a highlight for the students.

“The kids love it,” said Bray. “They get so excited that it is a ‘real’ parade and they love all the attention they get from the people who come to watch.”

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