Kiwanis to host annual Halloween parade

PIQUA — Calling all ghosts, goblins, princes and princesses! It’s that time of year again. The Annual Piqua Kiwanis Halloween Parade is gearing up for another exciting night on Wednesday, Oct. 24. This is the 62nd annual parade, which was begun in 1956 by Joe Thoma Jr.

The evening’s festivities will begin with judging of costumes from 6:30-6:45 p.m. in the parking lot across from Chase Bank (corner of Ash and Spring streets), with the parade starting at 7 p.m.

Costumes will be judged for children age 14 years old and under in seven categories: Scariest/Ugliest; Most Original; Best Couple; Funniest; Prettiest; Cartoon Character/Science Fiction; 3 years old and under. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category with the exception of Grand Prize. Two grand prize winners will be chosen; a girl’s bike and a boy’s bike, along with two helmets, will be given for the outstanding costumes chosen by the judges.

Treats will be given to the participants before judging, and prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the parade in front of the Piqua Plaza. Please note that there is a change in start of the parade and conclusion compared to prior years.

“We are looking forward to a fun event for the youth in our community,” said Kelly Meckstroth and Niki Watson, co-chairs of the event. “This is an annual Kiwanis Club event that has grown in size and popularity since its inception and this year, we are thrilled with changes that have been made.”

Kiwanis is a global organization dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Anyone interested in finding more out about the Kiwanis Club of Piqua should call Brian Phillips at 778-1586. Kiwanis meets on Wednesdays at noon at Grace United Methodist Church at 9411 N. County Road 25-A in Piqua.