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 reached 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.
And 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 that 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: In their sixth year in the parade, the kids have a blast, incorporating new themes each year, Spahr said.
"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 like it, 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 risen, she said.
"I think (the parade's) reputation is maybe growing," Fisher said.
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The Halloween parade had 100 entries, including seven bands and five dance groups, said parade chairman Mike Starner. He estimates attendance at 15,000 people.
2013 parade winners:
Best of Parade:
Sierra Ellis and Family - Little Spooky Shack, York
Division A - Girl/Boy Scouts:
1st: Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania
Division B - Brownies/Cub Scouts:
1st: Cub Scout Pack 57, Manchester
2nd: Cub Scout Pack 248, Zions View
Division C - Baton/Dance: Not judged
Division D - Early antique (1954 and older):
1st: Barry Bowers - 1930 Ford model A
2nd: Francis & Rosemary Myers - 1953 Chevy Belair
3rd: David Ober - 1951 Fire truck
Division E - Later antique (1955 - 1979):
T-1st: Chris Pawelczyk - 1969 Chevy Camaro
T-1st: Richard Zimmerman - 1973 Chevy pickup
2nd: Jon Knepper - 1964 Chevy K-20
3rd: Virginia & Michael Trcka - 1956 Chevy 150 Series
Division F - Classic Car (1980 - 1990):
1st: Shawn L Davenport - 1990 Ford 7up Mustang
Division G - Misc Vehicles:
1st: Harvest Moon Farm, York
2nd: Mike Peters & Friends, York
3rd: Earl Newcomer, York
Division H - Families and Friends:
1st: Brubaker-Gass family - York haven
2nd: Crystal Kramer - Dover
3rd: Audrey Stone - Manchester
Division I - Miscellaneous:
1st: York County Scooter Club
2nd: UTA Karate Manchester
Division J - Commercial Entry: Not judged
Division K - Individual Costume:
1st: Logan and Dalton Venable, Manchester
2nd: Amanda Marks, York Haven
Division L - Children & Youth Organization:
1st: NEYSA Cheer and Football
2nd: Conewago Elementary PTO
3rd: All Aboard Child Care Center
Division M - Adult Organization:
1st: Tall Cedar & White Rose Clown Clubs
2nd: Manchester Township Historical Society
3rd: SPCA of York County
Division N - Best Seasonal Float:
1st: Wayne E. Bear, Manchester
Division O - Best Miscellaneous Float:
1st: Timothy & Natasha Luckenbaugh, York Haven
2nd: Quickel Evangelical Lutheran Church
3rd: Northeastern Homecoming Court