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Creative costumes dominate in Chester Halloween parade

CHESTERTOWN Dozens of local children dressed in a variety of costumes marched down Main Street Friday in the traditional Halloween Parade, held for all northern Warren County communities. The youngsters werent just garbed as witches, goblins and ghouls many also played the part of fantasy characters, dancers, farmers, elves, pirates, even jailbirds in their creative homemade costumes. Jacob McPhee, 3, played the part of a clown, while his brother Liam, 1, was dolled up as a farmer, pulled in a wagon by their mother, Kristina McPhee of Brant Lake. Colin Gagnon, 10 was dressed in a traditional black-and-white striped jailbird suit created by his grandmother, Darlene Schaefer. Colins younger siblings, Owens and Miles, were garbed as two peas in a pod. Megan Bruno, 4, was dressed as a fairy, while little sister Laci, 20 months, posed as a bee. Young crib-mates Addison Swan, 9 weeks, was costumed as a pumpkin, while Lucas Moon, 8 weeks, was posing as a baby lion. While many were costumed by their creative moms, Brooke French, 8, chose her own getup and accessories as a punk rocker. Brooke sprayed her hair with fluorescent hair color, imprinted herself with temporary tattoos, plus she draped herself with lots of chains and leather, then applied the crowning touch haphazard lipstick. Her marching-mate Kelsey Carpenter, also 8, was garbed as a kung-fu fighter, and she looked the part in her oriental martial arts uniform. Their mutual friend, Morgan Harrison, 8, was dressed up as a Spanish flamingo dancer in an authentic dress brought back from Spain by grandmother Shirley Hayes. Kelseys younger sister Lindsay Carpenter, 3, was the quintessential pirate with a dangling and dashing red headscarf, tri-cornered hat, vest and high boots. Yes, there was a witch, it was an adult, Alexandra Mesch of Chestertown, who filled the traditional role. The parade began at the old Chestertown firehouse and ended at the Chester Municipal Center, where refreshments were served and folks enjoyed socializing. Later Halloween Eve, a haunted house and games were enjoyed at the Dynamite Hill Recreation area. Many of those attending brought donations of food items to be donated to local food pantries. The events were sponsored by the Chester-Horicon Youth Commission.

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