A group of local kids are all ready for Newark’s Halloween parade, thanks for a costume-making workshop hosted by the Friends of the Newark Free Library.
Saturday’s event, held at the library, provided all the supplies necessary for kids to design and create their own costume.
“I like the idea of kids making their costumes,” said Katy Ferrero, a member of the FNFL board. “It’s not just a retail Halloween.”
After making their costumes, the kids were invited to march behind the FNFL banner in the Oct. 27 parade down Main Street.
“It’s a wonderful Newark event,” Ferrero noted. “The parade has been here forever.
Kids were encouraged to draw inspiration from their favorite literary characters, though some branched out to other costume ideas.
Madison Hanley, 8, spent the morning working on a fox costume.
“I just really like foxes and animals like that because they kind of look like cats,” she said.
Siblings Rania, Lydia and Rayan Janah were using paint to decorate white T-shirts in the design of some of their favorite TV and movie characters.
“I’ve been waiting to do this costume for quite some time,” 12-year-old Lydia said, as she designed an outfit inspired by the Harley Quinn character for the movie “Suicide Squad.”
Rania, 14, was designing a cheerleader outfit based on the television series “Riverdale.”
“It’s my favorite show,” she said, adding that she’s looking forward to marching in the parade. “I’m excited; I’ve never done it before.”
Rayan, who was working on a design from the Naruto anime series, agreed.
“I’ve never walked in the parade, but I’ve watched it,” the 14-year-old said.