It was mostly treats -- with just a trick or two -- for children in East Manchester Township on a chilly but sunny Sunday.
Armed with pumpkin buckets and treat bags, kids of all ages lined North George Street for the 48th annual Manchester/Mount Wolf Halloween Parade.
As each parade participant scooted by, flinging candy, bead necklaces and other treats, the kids scrambled to get their hands on some sweetness.
But when a fleet of antique cars came through, the drivers made sure to honk their funky horns when candy-seekers crept a little too close.
The cars were only a sampling of the parade's entertainment, which drew hundreds of attendees.
Hosted by the Susquehanna Lions Club, the parade's 50 or so entries included several marching bands, the White Rose Clown Club's colorful car, a karate demonstration by Manchester UTA Karate and trucks and
engines from several area fire companies.
Setting up: Tiny ghouls and pop stars also made an appearance.
The "Ghostbusters Mobile," complete with a handmade spooky house, caution tape, a kid-sized Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and lots of green goo, was created by Dance Expressions.
It took a lot of prep work to create, said dance mom Chris Spahr. The team had to build a frame for the cardboard house, take precautions so it didn't blow off, and draw its windows by hand, she said, and the process took about nine hours.
But the effort is worth it: The kids have a blast, incorporating new themes each year, Spahr said. They were participating in the parade for a sixth year.
"The kids just have so much fun marching in it and waving to the other kids," she said.
And Kim's Firecrackers, which has been coming to the parade for 37 years, put on a show featuring glitzy floats for its "Pop Stars in Concert" theme, said director and instructor Kim Ruck.
The dance studio's two parade vehicles were decked out with blue and silver sequins, pinwheels and a disco ball.
"The parade here is very friendly," she said. "The kids just enjoy coming out, especially on a beautiful day like today, to show their talents."
Family fun: Several parade attendees came early and stayed through the whole thing.
Ashley Sutherland of Manchester Township comes with her family every year, she said.
"I liked it," she said. "I like the bands, because I'm in marching band."
But as a piccolo player for Central York High School's band, she wished her own ensemble had been on the bill.
The bands and baton twirlers were also a hit for April Blouse of Springettsbury Township. In her first year attending the parade, she said she was pleased with the family-friendly atmosphere.
"I thought it was nice," she said. "They really throw a lot of candy for the kids. It's kid-oriented."
And she was also happy that the tricks were kept to a minimum, she said.
"And it's not, like, scary, scary stuff. I was impressed with that," Blouse said.
For Capri Fisher of Manchester Township, who has been coming for four or five years, the tradition is a growing one: The number of attendees seems to have increased, she said.
"I think (the parade's) reputation is maybe growing," Fisher said.
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