After more than 60 years of screaming success, the annual Selbyville Halloween Parade is so popular that the parade route has been extended.
The main action traditionally takes place within two blocks, but on Wednesday, Oct. 24, participants will stretch out along Church Street, from town hall to the PNC Bank. The parade begins marching at 7 p.m.
Last year, an estimated 4,000 people attended the parade, so the extended parade route helps spread them out and allows them to get a better view of the scout troops, majorettes, Miss Delaware and more.
“And when the bands come, they want to play more than two blocks,” said Fran Pretty, parade chairperson for organizers at the Fenwick Island Lions Club. The Town of Selbyville also co-sponsors the parade.
As always, children get to participate in the parade’s costume contest. Prizes will be awarded to top costumes in each age category. Kids can register to march in the costume parade at 6 p.m. at Salem U.M. Church.
“It’s really interesting to see the different costumes,” said Pretty. “People are so creative … There are a lot of people who spend a lot of time who make great costumes. We just never know what we’re gonna have.”
Crowds will also be able to enjoy fire engines, gymnastics performances, businesses floats, appearance by Miss Delaware Junior Teen, farm equipment and music from four high-school marching bands.
“It’s really a family night for the families to come out and enjoy the night without have to spend a lot of money — they don’t have to spend anything if they want,” said Pretty. “It’s nice, clean family fun.”
Attending the parade could even be considered a community service, as the Fenwick Island Lions Club celebrates Sight Night. Known for promoting better vision, the civic organization will collect and recycle used eyeglasses for those in need. To donate a worn pair of glasses, parade-goers need simply look for members of Indian River High School’s Leo Club, who will collect glasses and hearing aids to send to impoverished people overseas.
Recycling glasses is a better option, “instead of throwing them in the trash,” Pretty said. “Someone could use them.”
The Lions will also sell hamburgers, hotdogs, hot chocolate, soda and water. Other non-profit groups will tempt the tastebuds, as Girl Scouts sell desserts and Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company cooks up its oyster sandwiches.
People can also enter the 50/50 drawing, which could mean taking home a sizeable monetary prize, and supports the Lions Club, win or lose.
“We’re very thankful for the merchants who support us, who sponsor the bands,” said Pretty, also thanking the town officials, town council and fire company, and “all the community working together to do this for the community.”
Other organizations interested in participating can find the registration form online at www.TownOfSelbyville.com, and meet at 6 p.m. at Dukes Street. For more information, contact Fran Pretty at (302) 436-1773.