Morning showers ceased just long enough for vampires and zombies to make their way to Falls Road in Shelburne Sunday. Werewolves and goblins held out ghoulish neon buckets to catch tricks and treats handed to them by Rotarians dressed as clowns as big trucks, hay wagons and spooky floats passed by in the decades-old tradition that is the Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary Halloween Parade.
Parent Rebecca Cohen of Shelburne said her favorite part of the event every year is when toothbrushes are handed out to the kids.
Danny Kiniry, 11, of Barre was in town visiting his Mimi, who helped him put together his cowboy costume. A new toothbrush didn’t top his list of priorities for the day.
The parade has been a tradition in town since the 1970s. Today it requires about 50 rotary volunteers to pull off. The event has grown over the years, attracting many Halloween celebrants from neighboring towns.
The creatively decorated floats represented local clubs, businesses and neighborhoods and was led by Rotary officers with their banner, and Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department trucks and marching firefighters.
Festivities followed at the firehouse with music, games and treats. Many area businesses sponsored the event.