Plans Announced for Altamont Halloween Parade, Haunted Trail

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Published on October 8 2012 11:17 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Altamont Masonic Lodge No. 533 is sponsoring a Halloween Parade and Haunted Trail. The Haunted Trail named “Panic in the Park” will be open Friday through Sunday, October 26th – 28th and on Halloween (October 31st)  dusk to 10 pm. The parade will take place Saturday, October 27th at 4:00 pm.

Parade Info:

The Altamont Halloween Parade is a great place to enjoy bands, floats, antique vehicles, horses, and, of course, people in costume. The parade will leave the High School parking lot and go west on Division, turning North on Main and ending at the W.C. Klitzing park located on Monroe Ave. between Main St. and Third St.

After the parade, visit Klitzing Park and listen to the band play while waiting for the parade winners to be announced. Afterwards, visit the haunted trail “Panic in the Park”. Later, eat dinner at one of Altamont’s restaurants.

For people who would like to participate, registration is “on-site” at the High School for floats, bands, vehicles, etc. and for people in costume register on the south side of the Division St. and Main St. intersection.

Bands, floats, and organizations will line up at the High School at 3:00 pm.

Children and adults in costumes will line up on Main Street, just south of the intersection of Division St. The costumed entries will join the parade at the intersection of Division and Main, and continue with the parade for approximately 5 blocks to the park. Parking will be available along Main Street (south of Division St.); in the parking lot across from the Living Museum; or in the National Bank parking lot. Costume judging will be done prior to the parade. Costumes will be judged by age groups of 5 and under,  6 to 9 years old, 10 to 14 years old, 15 to 18 years old, and Adult (19 and over).

The judge’s stand will be located at the triangle. There are categories for Costumes, Floats, Marching Bands, Horses, Horse drawn vehicles, and Antique machinery. Judging will be based on a Halloween or Harvest theme except marching bands which will be judged on sound, showmanship, and marching.

Organizations and Businesses are being encouraged to enter floats or walking groups. Get your employees or members to dress up. Horses and Riders, dress up like your favorite cowboy, like an Arab princess or maybe even the headless horseman.

After the parade refreshments and activities will be available at Klitzing park. Judges will announce the parade winners at the park. Float parking and parade participant pickup will be on Monroe Ave in front of the park.

Haunted Trail Info:

“Panic in the Park” will be open Friday through Sunday, October 26th – 28th and on Halloween (October 31st)  dusk to 10 pm.  Last years trail was a big success and this year will be even better with additional attractions.  Keep an eye on Klitzing park for clues to some of those additions, they’ll begin to appear in a couple of weeks as we begin to set up the trail.

Admission to the trail is $5.00 for adults/older children and only $3.00 for children 12 and under. Also, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Hotdogs, popcorn, drinks and scary fun, don’t miss this screaming good time. Get in the Halloween mood or round out a night of trick or treating by visiting Panic in the Park at Klitzing park, corner of Monroe and Main, Altamont.