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Parade, other Halloween activities set for Saturday in Corydon


October 24, 2007 | 09:27 AM

Corydon's annual Halloween Parade, one of the oldest Halloween parades in the country, will be Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

The parade, the 73rd annual, will start at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in the south part of town then proceed north on Capitol Avenue to Walnut Street. From there, parade participants will head west to Water Street, turn south and go back to the fairgrounds.

Persons interested in entering the parade need to be at the fairgrounds between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Floats and entries will be judged at 6 p.m. No pre-registration is necessary, organizers said.

Categories for the parade to be judged include best walking groups, best float, favorite antique car plaque, favorite animal unit plaque and favorite performing unit plaque.

The day will include many other activities, as well, including a costume contest beginning at 4 p.m. at the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand on the town square. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate, and eight age groups will be judged: infant to 18 months; 18 months to 3 years; 3 to 4 years; kindergarten to first grade; second and third grade; fourth, fifth and sixth grade; junior high and high school; and adults.

The Old Capitol Business Association is also working to offer trick-or-treating around the square following the parade. Member businesses will be marked with signs, booths and directions.

A Halloween poster contest is also being sponsored by OCBA, and the entries will be displayed in the windows of the businesses downtown.

The parade is a cooperative effort by the Friends of Corydon Capitol, Main Street Corydon Inc., Old Capitol Business Association, Town of Corydon, and the Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

To volunteer to help organize floats and entries at the fairgrounds and the costume contest on the square, call Jim Epperson at 738-6617.

For more information on the parade and for other Harrison County tourism information, call the CVB's Visitor Center at 738-2137.

Trick-or-treat times

The following times have been announced for trick or treating on Oct. 31:

In Corydon, Crandall, Leavenworth, New Middletown and Palmyra — 6 to 8 p.m.

For Elizabeth, Marengo and Milltown — 6 to 9 p.m.

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    Hayswood Haunted Theatre
    October 24, 2007 | 08:01 PM

    Dont forget Hayswood Theatre is hosting its 2nd Annual Haunted Theatre Starts at 7:00 Great for after the parade & look for us in the parade..

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    Halloween on the Square of the past
    October 26, 2007 | 04:28 PM

    what happened to the traditional Halloween on the Square that used to include the haunted house, cake walk, etc? I think that would draw many people to the town.

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    Halloween on the Square
    October 27, 2007 | 04:21 PM

    What happened to the traditional Halloween on the Square, you ask? Some of the organizations that took on certain parts of the festivities decided not to sponsor those events any more. A committee is forming to bring back as much of that as possible in the future, especially in preparation for the 75th parade in 2009. Friends of the Capitol, Main Street Corydon, Historic Corydon Business Association and the Convention & Visitors Bureau are all working to expand the event starting next year. And we need volunteers. Call 738-6617 to become part of a bigger and better Halloween on the Square.

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    Halloween on the Square of the past
    October 28, 2007 | 09:40 PM

    I agree. I remember being so excited as a kid to go to the festivities on he square. Now, it's as if the town has gone into a hibernation! It seems also that all of the other events are becoming the same... extremely boring, and without a festive atmosphere. I don't know if we need new, younger thinking individuals working on these events or what. But I feel our town spirit is slowly dying in leu of all of this boom town growth. Sometimes bigger is not always better.

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