Witches, goblins and ghouls will take over Main Street on Sunday as Newark’s annual Halloween Parade returns for the 72nd year.
The parade will start at 3 p.m. at Tyre Avenue and Main Street and then head west on Main Street to North College Avenue.
Officials considered moving the parade to Delaware Avenue due to the construction on Main Street, but ultimately decided to keep the standard parade route, according to Newark Parks and Recreation Director Joe Spadafino.
The construction won’t affect parade viewing, Spadafino said. However, it did prompt one big change: parade marchers are strictly prohibited from throwing or handing out candy and other items along the parade route.
Traditionally, excited children scramble to pick up candy thrown from floats. But with a narrower parade area – due to one lane of Main Street being closed – that could create a dangerous situation, Spadafino explained.
Instead, groups marching in the parade are invited to hand out goodies during the annual Trick-or-Treat Main Street, which will begin immediately after the parade. Children will also be able to go from business to business, collecting candy from Main Street merchants.
More than 60 groups – made up of more than 2,000 participants — are signed up to march in the parade, including 10 marching bands. Between 10,000 and 15,000 spectators are expected.
Costumed individuals or families who want to march alongside these groups may do so by checking in with parks and recreation staff at George Read Park (across from Newark High School) by 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Attendees are also invited to pose for pictures in a pumpkin patch set up on the Academy Lawn.
Parking will be free in all city-run hourly lots.
Due to the festivities, the following streets will be closed on Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m.: Main Street (Library Avenue to North College Avenue), Tyre Avenue and Delaware Circle. Meanwhile, Delaware Avenue (South Chapel Street to Library Avenue) will be closed from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
There is no rain date for the event. In case of inclement weather, call the Leisure Time Hotline at 302-366-7147.