Selbyville is once again preparing for the town’s Halloween extravaganza, set for Wednesday, Oct. 24, right at the center of town. The event, nearly half a century in the making, runs from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and draws an extensive crowd each year, inviting friends and family from surrounding areas.
The evening will kick off with a costume contest, where young participants can win prizes for the best Halloween attire. Traditionally, Selbyville Town Council members, as well as state Rep. Gerald Hocker and Sen. George Bunting, cast their votes for the best-dressed.
The parade will follow, beginning in front of Town Hall on Church Street and finishing at Church and Main streets. The parade is sponsored by the Selbyville Lions Club.
“It’s really a fun evening for the kids,” said Selbyville Town Manager Gary Taylor. “They love dressing up and coming out. There are high school bands that participate and a lot of floats. It’s a very nice affair.”
Selbyville Town Clerk Virginia Pepper has been at the town hall for 38 years, and as long as she can remember, the Selbyville Halloween parade has been a staple each year. “There’s always a huge turnout,” said Taylor. “The streets are packed with people.”
“The Lions do a great job getting everything together and organized,” Taylor added. “We help out with our police and public works departments. It’s always a fun time for everyone.”
Police will begin closing down streets on the parade route about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, while the first of the costumed parade participants begin to sign up and line up for their walk down the street and chance at costume award glory.
Refreshments will be available for purchase in an area along the parade route, near the announcers’ stand.