70+ children take part in costume parade

- Posted on Oct 30, 2013 - 01:46 PM

Photo: Some youngsters in Mathews celebrated Halloween a few days early, as Mathews Memorial Library and Main Street Committee held a Costume Trick-or-Treat Parade on Saturday, with more than 70 children taking part. Above, Dylan McWelch (ninja), Zeke Sawyer (axe-wielding goblin), Zora Sawyer (witch) and Zoe Sawyer (ghoul wearing “Scream” mask) haunted the library, waiting for candy. Photo by Becky Barnhardt

Some youngsters in Mathews celebrated Halloween a few days early, as Mathews Memorial Library and Main Street Committee held a Costume Trick-or-Treat Parade on Saturday, with more than 70 children taking part. Above, Dylan McWelch (ninja), Zeke Sawyer (axe-wielding goblin), Zora Sawyer (witch) and Zoe Sawyer (ghoul wearing “Scream” mask) haunted the library, waiting for candy. Photo by Becky Barnhardt

A Costume Trick-or-Treat Parade held Saturday in downtown Mathews was a hit with young and old. More than 70 children participated, many accompanied by parents.

Sponsored by Mathews Memorial Library and Mathews Main Street Committee, the parade was followed by the "Haunt Your Library" party, where prizes were awarded and refreshments served.

Local merchants participated in the "best window display" contest, with the prize going to Doodlebugs consignment shop.

Also enhancing the festive occasion was a pumpkin-carving contest, with prizes awarded in several categories. Winners were: Scariest—first, Ray Hudgins; second, Adelle Hudgins; Most Creative—first Nancy Miller; second, Jonathan Hogge; Most Artistic—first, Christy Sharpe and family; second, LaSeandra Ramsey; and Funniest—first, Daniel Hogge; second, Vivian Hogge.

The "people’s choice" award winner was Sarah Renner. All entries will be on display at the library through Oct. 31. Pumpkins for the contest were donated by Belmont Pumpkin Farm at North.

For more information, call 725-5747 or visit www.mathewslibrary.org.