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Lower Swatara Halloween parade will be held Oct. 17

By Laura Hayes

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Posted 10/9/19

Get a double-dose of Halloween fun this year.

Before the Kiwanis of Middletown Halloween Parade on Oct. 21, the Lower Swatara Lions Club will hold its annual Halloween Parade on Oct. 17. …

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Lower Swatara Halloween parade will be held Oct. 17

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Get a double-dose of Halloween fun this year.

Before the Kiwanis of Middletown Halloween Parade on Oct. 21, the Lower Swatara Lions Club will hold its annual Halloween Parade on Oct. 17.

Registration for the parade starts at 5 p.m., and the parade kicks off at 6 p.m. sharp. Registration is open to everyone.

Two-times past Lions Club President Bernie Sobotka has been involved with the parade since it started in the early 1980s.

“It’s just fun, plus you can see all the kids. The kids really enjoy it. They really do,” Sobotka said.

The parade takes 20 to 30 minutes. The route starts at the Lions Club field on Theodore Avenue, turns right onto Nissley Drive, left onto Donald Avenue, left onto Burd Road to Richard Avenue, and another left turn onto Greenwood Drive, which becomes Theodore Avenue. It ends at the Lions Club building.

The Lions float kicks off the parade. Sobotka said Lower Swatara firefighters and police officers along with the Middletown Area Middle School and High School bands walk in the parade.

Refreshments will be served at the end of the parade.

Participants are divided into three groups, and Sobotka estimated that there is typically 60 to 80 participants every year. There are cash prizes for best costumes in each group — $20 first place, $15 second and $10 third.