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.
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.