Halloween costume parade a family favourite

Cloverdale hosts the Halloween Costume Parade this Saturday afternoon.

The 11th annual Cloverdale Halloween Costume Parade, presented alongside Pumpkin Power at the Surrey Museum, promises to be bigger and better than ever.

This one’s a favourite with the little ones, especially, and their parents, who can be counted on to dress up too, along with various family pets.

It’s a free, supervised trick-or-treat parade to local stores, and it’s loads of family fun.

Last year, organizers say about 1,000 children – not including parents and guardians – turned out. And some of them went to a lot of trouble. There was even a pirate ship, complete with two marauding pirates aboard. (Dad pulled the craft along 176 Street.)

The fun begins at 12:30 p.m., Saturday at Surrey Museum Plaza, 17710 56A Avenue in Cloverdale.

Children meet at Surrey Museum Plaza first for activities and a group photo. Then they’re split into two groups to head out on a supervised parade through downtown Cloverdale, where many local merchants will welcome trick-or-treaters.

Half visit businesses on 176 and 176A Streets in the historic town centre and the other half hit the Clover Square Village mall across Highway 10.

Registration is from noon to 1:40 p.m., followed by a group picture at 2 p.m.

At Pumpkin Power, view, carve and decorate Jack o’ lanterns, make crafts, and eat pumpkin pie (noon to 2 p.m.) at the various activity tables set up.

JR FM will be live on the site, along with a coloring contest, hot dogs and drinks by the Cloverdale Lions. Take in the exotic animal exhibit from Cinemazoo Animal Agency and the Urban Safari Rescue Society.

The ever popular event is presented by the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association, the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, and the Surrey Museum.

Prizes by random draw (awarded after groups return to the plaza) plus free museum entrance to visitors in costume.

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