HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The annual Halloween Parade hosted by the village of Hoosick brought an outpouring of ninja turtles, princesses and zombies being dragged along in chains last night.
Starting at Wood Park, hundreds of children, parents and dogs paraded down Main St., before returning to the park for costume prizes in front of the bandstand.
"It was so fun. Everyone was screaming as we walked by, telling us they liked our costumes and they knew what we were," said Payton Zedalis, 10, who turned in a performance as Audrey Hepburn in a fur coat and large white sunglasses.
Zedalis, who charmingly referred to her costume as "Aubrey," waved at parade-goers with members of the Sparks family, also Hoosick residents and regulars at HAYC3 activities.
Andrew Sparks, 7, and Jake Sparks, 9, dressed as popular reality show personalities Willy and Cy from Duck Dynasty. "They said, ‘Hey! We know who you are!'" said Jake. "Everyone really liked all the outfits we wore."
They were joined by younger brother Ryan, a football player, and sister Kate.
"We've had a lot of people out tonight," said Asst. Chief of Police Harold McClellan. "It looks like a really big crowd, but it's probably what we usually get."
Peggy and Rick Taber, of North Hoosick, were out supporting four of their grandchildren. Erin, Kacie, Ava and Maddie, dressed as a cat, the karate kid, a princess bride and a black and white wig-clad monster.
"They love this," said Peggy. "We're just out here to watch them enjoy it."
Awards for kids' costumes went out to Alison Bushey who won cutest for her octopus outfit, Sophie and Olivia Estes whose spaghetti and meatballs duo won them funniest, the Breese family who took away most original for their variety of M&Ms candy costumes, and Brogan Dooley, who won scariest along with his dog Oats as the grim reaper.
Other unique costumes included an army soldier with a line of prisoners in tow, an artist easel wearing a variety of paint colors, a high-haired Wilma Flintstone and an assortment of lifelike animals.
Only the dogs were real though, as this was the first year that dogs were officially recognized in the costume contest.
Pet prizes sponsored by Hoosick True Value Hardware went to the Watson family for cutest dog, Pat Dailey whose dog won funniest frog, Josh Parent with his most original headless horseman dog and Cooper Tinkham whose best friend sported a devil costume and took away the prize for scariest.
HAYC3 Executive Director Aelish Nealon thanked members of the committee who raised funds to update the War Memorial in Wood Park, and then donated leftover monies to improve the sound system at the bandstand.
Used for the first time at last night's parade, the sound system upgrade cost an estimated $2,400 according to Deputy Mayor Ric DiDonato.
Looking tired but still spooky, Matthew Angell and his dad were matching Draculas as they filtered out in the post-parade darkness.
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