Madison Halloween Parade Snowed Out, but Magic Show Entertains Kids, Parents

Erin Kleven, Ally Reilly, Colin Reilly and Hope Reilly of Madison in their Halloween best. Credits: George Leroy Hunter
Six-year-old Ruari Callaghan of Madison helps magician Joe Fischer with a skit. Credits: George Leroy Hunter
The gymansium at Madison Junior School was crowded with trick-or-treaters and their parents for the magic show. Credits: George Leroy Hunter
Six-year-old Ethan Allocca of Madison on stage with magician Joe Fischer. Credits: George Leroy Hunter
Madison Chamber of Commerce President John Morris and chamber Executive Director Karen Meyer as a grown up Raggedy Ann help pass out candy. Credits: George Leroy Hunter

MADISON, NJ - The snow outside may have brought the annual Madison Halloween Parade to a halt, but the Magic Show portion of the day went off as smoothly as a rabbit coming out of a hat.

The annual event, held Saturday in the gymnasium at Madison Junior School, is sponsored by the Madison Chamber of Commerce. 

"Traditionally children dressed in their Halloween costumes parade through the downtown business district," said Frank Iannarone, Chamber chairman and owner of Madison Pharmacy. "After the parade they visit designated businesses to get candy and participate in the magic show. We had to cancel the parade because of the weather but at least we were able to present the magic show indoors. Despite the storm we still got a good turn out of kids."

Adults and children were entertained by magician Joe Fischer of Nutley. Fischer, who has been a professional entertainer since 1984, kept the audience's attention with a steady flow of interactive comedy skits and illusions. Trick-or-treaters were treated to candy at the magic show and hot coffee and donuts were also available courtesy of the Chamber. 

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