The 48th Manchester/Mount Wolf Halloween Parade will kick off on Sunday.
The parade steps off at 2 p.m., starting on North George Street at the intersection of Sunset Drive in East Manchester Township and continuing to the square in Manchester Borough before heading into Mount Wolf. The parade concludes at Mount Wolf Park on Maple Street at the intersection of Sixth Street.
Hosted by the Susquehanna Lions Club, the parade has gotten about 50 entries so far, said parade chairman Mike Starner.
Last year, 85 groups registered, and that number was 100 two years ago, he said.
A big factor is the weather: Some groups won't even bother to bring their cars out if parade-day skies seem ominous, Starner said.
"They wait to see what the weather is that morning," he said.
New this year: Although this year's parade is pretty traditional, there are a couple new additions, Starner said.
Every year, the Northeastern Youth Sports Association brings about 20 of its representatives, he said.
But with no events on its schedule this year, the association could bring 100 to 300 student-athletes and cheerleaders, he said.
"We could get overrun by NEYSA," he said.
And the parade will have its share of four-legged friends this year, too: The SPCA of York County is coming to the parade for the first time, he said.
But Starner doesn't mind.
"We like dogs," he said.
Spots are still available
The 48th annual Manchester/Mount Wolf Halloween Parade will step off at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Registration is still open until the day of the parade. There is no cost to enter, and judging will be done in many divisions, with prize money to be given. To participate in the parade, contact organizer Mike Starner at 717-858-4028.
--Reach Mollie Durkin at email@example.com.