Warrensburg They walked, stalked, staggered and lurched through downtown.
Goblins, ghouls, ghosts, princesses, prowling beasts — Hundreds of them.
The creatures were marching down Main St. on Monday in the annual Halloween parade.
Fueled with fun and imagination, the procession continued down Elm St. and ended in the Warrensburg Elementary School with a concluding party.
The events, sponsored by the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co., have been a beloved tradition in the community for more than three decades.
No need to tell Kate Yarmowich Belden, 27 years old. She was marching while carrying her baby son James, who was dressed in a lady-bug costume she wore 27 years ago.
“This tradition is one of the wonderful things about Warrensburg, she said, as her mother Reen remarked she had a trunk full of costumes in the basement that were ready for “recycling” with a new generation.
“It’s great to see the townspeople come together like this, all with smiles on their faces,” Belden added.
The march included all kinds of creatures whether they were insects, aliens, or spooks.
This year’s parade also featured a large number of consumer products. Youngsters were posing as such items as a McDonald’s Happy Meal, a pouch of Capri Sun, and a bar of Dial soap. John Kelly, 11, as a can of “Monster” energy drink, marched down Main, accompanied by his friend Jacob Johnson, who sported dangling green arms and insect eyes.
Other creatures were more earth-bound. Josh Hall, dressed as an Adirondacker, carried his one-year old Jake, decked out in leaves as a tree. They bore a sign that read “Tree Hugger.”
The parade through town was backed up by a fire truck blaring “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” and other Halloween-themed music through its public address system.
People of all ages were involved in the parade. Grownups posed as witches and ghouls. Maggie Bammert was dressed in Victorian garb, as she had appeared days earlier in the local historical society’s Dinner with the Dead event.