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Fright night brings out the ghooooouls

Fright night brings out the ghooooouls
Fright night brings out the ghooooouls
Fourteen-month-old Adam Couch, dressed as Mr. Incredible, peers through the fence surrounding the Harrison County Fairgrounds to look in awe at all the parade floats.

Corydon was invaded Saturday by dozens of spooktacular creatures.
Aliens, crows, sinister surgeons and even Bigfoot were included among those who roamed the streets and gave candy to children.
Corydon’s Halloween on the Square Parade began at 6:30 Saturday and lasted about an hour. Since it is an election year, the parade was a little longer than usual as candidates took to the streets hoping to capture some last-minute undecided voters.
Most agreed the Halloween parade was a success.
Nyla Smith of Corydon said she has been coming to the parade for more than 40 years.
‘I thought it was great,’ Smith, 48, said. ‘Being an election year, you always know there’s going to be a lot of floats.’
Corydon’s Halloween on the Square Parade is the third oldest Halloween parade in the nation. Harrison Countians have been lining the streets in Corydon to watch the parade for more than 75 years.
Hundreds of people visited the square Saturday to watch the festivities parade up Capitol Avenue as temperatures fell into the very low 50s.
The cold temperatures didn’t keep children from opening up their bags and standing in the streets to collect candy and watch the Halloween-inspired sights go by.
‘It was actually pretty good,’ Kevin Mosier of Corydon said.
Mosier, 12, said he didn’t think the parade was as scary as in previous years.
‘It wasn’t as noisy as other parades either,’ he said.
The parade wasn’t the only aspect of the Halloween festivities Saturday. A costume contest was held at 4 p.m. for infants to adults on the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand.
Registration for those who wanted to be in the parade also began at 4 p.m. and awards were given for best walking group, best float, favorite antique car, favorite animal unit and favorite performing unit.
Showing up in a flying saucer and calling themselves the alienators, Bob and Debbie Rumple and their nephew, Tyler Warren, all of Corydon, won the award for favorite performing unit.
They were one of many who did not have a political or business affiliation and decided to be part of this year’s parade.
Debbie Rumple said she and her husband have been walking in the parade for about 10 years.
‘Debbie, she’s the one who makes all the costumes,’ Bob Rumple said. He said this year’s project had taken them weeks to complete.
The Rumples, along with Warren, were decked out this year in shiny silver, green and red alien suits. Their space ship, made of the same shiny material plus plywood, surrounded a riding lawn mower which Warren drove as commander of the ship. The Rumples walked beside Warren as star fighters.
Bob Rumple said they participate every year ‘just for fun.’
Each of the following winners received a trophy sponsored by Community First Bank.
Costume contest (first, second, third):
Infant to 18 months: Preston Bratcher, Adam Couch, Kara Hiton.
18 months to three years: Gracelyn Anderson, Autum Anderson, Triston Haas.
Three- and four-year-olds: Emily Gunther, Blake Zehnder, Kaydence Smith.
Kindergarten and first grade: Autumn Newkirk, Luke Braddam, Braydon Weathers.
Second, third and fourth grades: Angel Newkirk, Sydney Fravel, Mitchell Saulman.
Fourth, fifth and sixth grades: Savannah Tush, Tyler Barnette, Alysia Kintner.
Junior high and high school: Michael Byrd, Ramsey Lessard, Stephanie Meek.
Adults: Myra Schultz, Dwight Barnette, Chenoa Denney.
Parade winners:
Favorite Antique Car: 1969 Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet owned by Jim Money.
Favorite Animal Unit: Tom Edge.
Favorite Performing Unit: Bob and Debbie Rumple and Tyler Warren.
Favorite Walking Group (first, second, third): Doug, Mary, Corbin, Dwight, Tyler and Terry Barnette, Brownie Troop 772, the Monroe family.
Favorite Float (listed first through fifth): Harrison Family Medicine, The Corydon Democrat, Community of Hope Church, Century 21, Black Diamond.

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