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In the weeks leading up to the York Halloween Parade on Oct. 25, spooky, doughnut-themed works of art will start to appear.

The murals will be painted on the windows of 10 businesses in WeCo, the Royal Square neighborhood, the market district and North George Street near the Santander Stadium.

Eventive, the special-events arm of the York Revolution, is planning the parade. Adam Nugent, director of Eventive, said the window-painting contest is an effort by organizers to bring back a York City tradition, one that he remembers fondly.

"I remember, growing up in the '90s, around Halloween we would cruise through the city and see these awesome murals," he said Friday.

The winning murals will be painted on the windows of NW Mutual, 1 S. George St.; 101 S. Duke St., the future site of doughnut shop Glazin'; Arthur & Daughters, 49 N. Beaver St.; CoWork 155, 155 W. Market St.; the Bailey Travel building, 123 E. Market St.; i-ron-ic, 256 W. Philadelphia St.; The Rooted, 104 N. Newberry St.; the Economy Store, 283 W. Market St.; 233 W. Market St.; and one other as-yet-undetermined location.

Any artist can submit their design on the theme of "Donut Monster" or "Spooky Donut-scapes" to FlipSidePA.com/windowart before Sept. 15. Sketches must be in JPEG format.

The field will be narrowed to the top 20 entries by Sept. 18, then those designs will be voted on by the public from the 18th until the 30th. The top 10 designs will be revealed Oct. 1-7, and designers will be assigned a location and time to paint by parade organizers. The windows will be painted from Oct. 8 to 14 and will be left up until Nov. 2.

The parade will follow last year's route: Entrants will march down Market Street from Richland Avenue to Broad Street. The judging area will be at the York County Administrative Office, at 26 E. Market St.

Inflatables, games, family-friendly activities and music will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Family Entertainment Zone, which has been relocated to North George Street between Market and Philadelphia Streets.

This year's "thrill ride" will be a "Parade View Zip Line." Last year's ride was a 20-foot stunt jump, said Nugent. The parade itself will run from 2 p.m. to about 4 p.m.

Parade entrants will compete for best float on the theme of "Proud Past, Strong Future." Nugent said entrants usually gravitate toward the Halloween theme, lending a "spooky feel" to their displays. But he also wants to encourage entrants to "support our heritage" and incorporate "pieces of York that make it what it is," keeping in mind York's local, regional, national and global accomplishments.

According to a news release from the Revolution, businesses celebrating significant anniversaries are encouraged to enter the parade.

Those who wish to enter the parade can find registration forms and vendor permits at YorkHalloweenParade.com. Nonprofit organizations can pick up a voucher to enter the parade at no cost at any York Traditions Bank branch.

— Contact Julia Scheib at jscheib@yorkdispatch.com.

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