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Halloween festivities begin Sunday in Lambertville

The streets of Lambertville will be filled with ghosts, ghouls, superheroes and characters of all kinds when the city’s annual Halloween Parade gets underway on Sunday.

The city this week also announced details for trick-or-treating on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The Halloween parade will step off at 3 p.m. on Sunday from Mary Sheridan Park at the corner of York and George streets, then follows York Street, turning north onto North Union Street, then makes a right onto Perry Street. Once on Perry Street, participants will cross Main Street (Route 29) to enter the Little League Field for judging. Only participants will be allowed inside the fence — spectators are welcome to enjoy the judging from the bleachers, say organizers. Refreshments and a Halloween treat will be available for all participants after they have passed by the judges’ table.

Online registration, strongly recommended, closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Registration for the event, a 75-year Lambertville tradition, will also be available onsite at Mary Sheridan Park at the corner of York and George Streets between 1 and 2:30 p.m. on the day of the parade.

Costume categories include: Classic Halloween, Comic, Fancy Dress, Fictional Characters, Historic, Impersonations, Original, Duos, and Groups. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place in each category. Additionally, there will be the following special prizes: Best in Parade, Most Creative, Most Artistic, Most Patriotic, Best Representation of a Famous Person, Best Representation of a Person from Movies or TV, Best Homemade Costume, Best Use of Recycled Materials, and the Dorothy Kitchen Memorial Award.

The names of all prize winners will be posted at City Hall by Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, and listed on the parade website. Winners must claim their prizes by Friday, Nov. 16. All prizes are provided through generous donations from local organizations and businesses.

In case of inclement weather, all activities will take place in the All-Purpose Room at Lambertville Public School. The coordinators for this year’s parade are Beth Asaro, Cheryl Pittore, Filomena Hengst, and Lorie Howe.

Trick-or-treating will take place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31. Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit all areas of the city, say officials. For safety, North Union Street will be closed to all traffic from York to Buttonwood Streets from 5 p.m. until about 8:30 p.m.

“Residents are strongly encouraged to move their vehicles parked on the closed portions of the street prior to the closures because they will not be able to move vehicles except for safety reasons once trick-or-treating starts,” city officials said.

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