HAWTHORNE, NJ - Wednesday evening, kids and their families gathered at the Roosevelt Elementary School to show off their costumes at the annual Mayor's Halloween Parade.  The bleachers on either side of the gymnasium were packed with outfits of every type imaginable.

Mayor Richard Goldberg just got back from a trip and traveled directly from the airport to Roosevelt to be part of the festivities.  "I apologize for not wearing my mayor's costume," he told the crowd before kicking off the show.

Board of Recreation President Bob Pasquale emceed the occasion, calling up the kids by groups.  First came the infants who were too young to walk, carried by their parents.  Afterwards came those 1-2 year olds, 2-3, 3-4, and 5 year olds to kindergarteners.  Thereafter they were called up by 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and then 6th-7th-and-8th graders all together.

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"The judges award a trophy for the different categories and then each kid gets a toy," Mayor Goldberg said.

The categories for each group were prettiest, scariest, and most original.  "The judges are all employed as our summer recreation counselors," Pasquale said. "They come back to help us with this."

The borough councilmen were gathered to support the parade as well as teachers from the Hawthorne Public Schools.  "This is one of the great things about Hawthorne," Councilman Joseph Wojtecki said, "and the kids love it."

While the weather may have been dreary and damp outside, within, the Halloween spirit was not dampened.

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