The Maplewood Annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest is one of those events that make people feel lucky to live here.
With hundreds of creatively costumed little ones (and some impressively garbed grown ups) strolling Maplewood Avenue, collecting candy from local merchants, it really does feel like a scene out of classic hometown Americana.
Hosted by the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce and the Maplewood Village Alliance, this year's parade will be on Wednesday, October 31 from 3 p.m. to to 5 p.m. in Maplewood Village, from Baker Street to Durand Road.
Here's the drill: consider walking to town, or be prepared to park a distance away. A word of warning: the crowd can get intense. If you have wee ones who are easily scared or overwhelmed by lots of people, it's a good idea to get there on the early side.
Readers might remember that last year's parade went ahead despite the freak Halloween snow storm of 2011. Here's hoping for sunny -- or at least snow-free -- skies!
There is live music and don't forget about the costume contest. For more information contact the Maplewood Chamber at (201) 341-9554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you there!