HALLOWEEN IS a major holiday for children. First come weeks of planning just the right costume. Then there are parades and parties and the magic of trick-or-treating on a cool, spooky night. Finally, there is the loot -- bags of candy to savor for weeks.
For the first time in a long time, our house has no Halloween candy stashes of mini-Snickers bars, candy corn, lollipops and candy pumpkins. I can't sneak into the boys' candy bags and help protect them from cavities by getting to the chocolate bars first. One son went to the movies on Halloween and the other attended a rock concert. No trick-or-treaters from our family. Another sad milestone of life.
Still, we celebrated the holiday in grand style at the 22nd annual Halloween parade along Crofton Parkway, sponsored by the Crofton Kiwanis Club. By 10 in the morning, hundreds of children were gathering at Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, showing off their costumes and waiting for the parade to come by.
One-year-old Bradley Thomas sported a perky bumblebee outfit. Leah DelRosario is only 4 months old, but she joined the parade dressed as a bright sunflower, snuggled safely in her flowerpot. Three-year-old Jake Spalding made a handsome Buzz Lightyear, the astronaut from the animated movie "Toy Story." But Jake admitted he couldn't really fly because his wings had no power.
Two-year-old Austin Buckwalter became Robin Hood for the day. His Merry Man, Little John, was played by his really little brother, 6-month-old Cooper.
Finally, after lots of milling around and enjoying all the costumes, the crowd heard the police siren and the parade began. Fire engines, the Arundel High School Marching Band, sports cars, Mr. and Mrs. Pumpkin, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, jugglers and clowns -- this parade had everything, even horses.This was a picture-perfect event -- one of the area's favorite yearly celebrations.
Are you feeling the stress of caring for an ill or elderly loved one at home, in a nursing home or from a distance? If so, you may want to joint the Caregivers' Support Group at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Crofton. The group will meet at 7 p.m. today in the Ark room of the church hall.
Pub Date: 11/03/98