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Eldred parade brings attention to pantry

Skies were sunny but the streets of Eldred Township were dark and eerie Sunday afternoon during the municipality’s annual Halloween Parade.

Ghosts and goblins of all ages took to the streets of Kunkletown for the event, which saw cash prizes handed out in a number of categories.

Categories included most original, cutest, ugliest, best pair, best group and best float.

Results will be printed when received from the parade committee.

Grand Marshal Karena Thek of the West End Food Pantry kicked off the event. What followed was a number of floats including a band of pirates from Cub Scouts Pack 102 in Kunkletown.

A fun-loving group from the Eldred Township Community Center promoted the center’s thrift shop, which is open Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is located at 516 Kunkletown Road.

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Another float advertised the Civic Theater of Allentown’s production of “A Christmas Carol” coming this December.

Many walking groups with costumed characters also handed out treats to paradegoers.

“We enjoy walking and the kids get excited to give out candy,” said Michelle Claypool of Kresgeville. “They like seeing the excitement on the other kids’ faces as they give them candy.”

Claypool’s son dressed up as a skeleton, but make no bones about it, Sunday’s parade was a good time had by all.

“I think it’s great to see they are still carrying on this tradition,” said Mike Trescott, who watched along Church Lane with his two children. “It’s something nice for the community.”

The parade, which is free to enter, formed at St. Matthew’s Church grove and went out to Fiddletown Road, before finishing at Kunkletown Fire Company. Participants were asked to bring a donation for the West End Food Pantry.

Grand Marshal Karena Thek of the West End Food Pantry kicks off the 2017 Eldred Township Halloween Parade on Sunday in Kunkletown. Scan this photo with the Prindeo app for video highlights from the parade. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS
Cub Scouts from Pack 102 in Kunkletown share some of their bounty with parade attendees as they pass by during the Eldred Township Halloween Parade on Sunday.
Members of the Eldred Township Community Center help promote its thrift store during the Eldred Township Halloween Parade on Sunday.