Children, parents participate in annual Dowagiac Halloween parade
Published 10:20 am Monday, October 26, 2015
Ghoulish ghosts, pretty princesses and supreme superheroes all marched alongside each other down the streets of downtown Dowagiac Saturday morning, as the Dowagiac Optimist Club once again presented its annual Halloween Parade.
Despite the cloudy weather threatening rain, the ground remained dry as around 50 children assembled inside Beckwith Park that morning, clad in their Halloween disguises. Separated into five age groups, the children’s outfits were judged by organizers with the Optimists, with the top three winners receiving $15, $10 and $5 respectively.
Following the costume contest, the children and their parents took to streets of downtown Dowagiac, led by a police vehicle driven by Optimist President and Public Safety Director Steven Grinnewald. Following their short jaunt down Front, Main and Commercial Streets, the children were given bags of candy by the Optimist members.
Winning the costume contest this year were:
First: Liam Sandberg – Gnome
Second: Sophia Pontius – Box of popcorn
Third: Carter McCuddy – Baby tiger
Ages 3-4 (No last names provided)
First: Charlotte – Blaze
Second: Khariell – Batgirl
Third: Grace – Nana
First: Ryan Caldwell – Monster
Second: Kirsten Smith – Monster High
Third: Daniel Mathews – Luke Skywalker
First: Ryan Schrader – Jack Skelton
Second: Skyla Tackett – Cheshire Cat
Third: Joanna McDonald – Chicken
Ages 9-11(No last names provided)
First: Jess – Corpse Bride
Second: Aiden – Zombie
Third: Toby – Mr. Grimm