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Halloween Parade and Magic Show Draws More Than 1,000 to Downtown Madison

At least 1,000 parents and kids in costume showed up for this year's Halloween parade and magic show in downtown Madison Credits: Lindsay Ireland
Brian Crowe of the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Walter Egbert and children Izzy and Xander dress as characters from James and the Giant Peach. Credits: Lindsay Ireland
Grace Myers dressed of Chatham up as Patrick Star from the Nickeleodeon kids series "Spongebob Squarepants" for Saturday's event. Pictured here with her dad, Bill. Credits: Lindsay Ireland
With baby Irene in tow, Angela and Javier Mordillo of Madison dress as characters from the DreamWorks motion picture "Trolls." Credits: Lindsay Ireland
The Prader family of Morris Plains dressed in assorted costumes. Credits: Lindsay Ireland
The Jacobson and Curcio families dressed as minions from the film "Despicable Me." Credits: Lindsay Ireland
Diana (left) and Heather (right) Daly dressed up their beagle, Westley, and their German shepherd for Saturday's event. Credits: Lindsay Ireland
Joe Fischer hosted a post-parade magic show that captivated hundreds of costumed children. Credits: Lindsay Ireland
Fischer hands out "mystery dollars" to a crowd of anxious-looking kids. Credits: Lindsay Ireland
With parents in tow, children clad in Halloween garb paraded down Kings Road to Main Street and hung a right at Waverly Place, where the parade ended and the magic show began. Credits: Lindsay Ireland
Geraldine, the Madison Fire Department's antique fire truck, led the parade. Credits: Lindsay Ireland
Crowds gathered outside the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building Saturday afternoon, waiting for the parade to start. Credits: Lindsay Ireland

MADISON, NJ – Goblins, ghouls, superheroes, princesses and hundreds more smiling kids in costume gathered with their families outside the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building Saturday afternoon on a bright, sunny day for the Madison Halloween parade. 

“We ordered this weather specifically for this event,” said organizer Frank Iannarone, who has been at the helm of this annual shindig for at least 10 years. 

With parents in tow, children clad in Halloween garb marched down Kings Road to Main Street and hung a right at Waverly Place, where the Joe Fischer Magic Show began at 1 p.m. Geraldine, the Madison Fire Department's antique fire truck, led the parade.

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Kids and parents couldn’t help but get down to Halloween tunes, including “Monster Mash” and “Thriller,” as they waited for the magic show to begin.

A “Guess the Pumpkin Weight” contest was held by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce. The winning child was awarded a $50 Tons of Toys gift card.

Children had the chance to trick-or-treat at participating businesses after the magic show.

Iannarone said the annual event offers “great exposure” for Madison’s downtown business district. 

“Please keep in mind the businesses that are giving candy to your children,” he said to parents. “They spend a lot of time and money making our downtown very vibrant.” 

The parade and magic show are sponsored by Sugar Rush Candy & Gift Boutique and Woodland Bakery & Cafe.

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