For more than 60 years, the town of Selbyville has celebrated Halloween with a parade, and this year is no exception. It’s time for the annual Spooktacular Parade.
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, there will be food, fun and, of course, the timeless tradition of marching the streets of downtown Selbyville to celebrate the holiday.
Fran Pretty of the Selbyville Lions Club is coordinating the parade this year and said both she and the club “are really happy we can help with it.”
The parade itself will start at 7 p.m., beginning on Church Street and continuing down Main Street to the fire hall. Children are being encouraged to show up early and meet in the parking lot of Salem Methodist Church by 6 p.m. to compete in the parade’s costume contest.
“There will be ribbons for first, second and third place,” said Pretty, “and we try to have little prizes for the children, too.”
Children will compete in the contest and march in the parade by age: ages 1-4, kindergarten and first grade, second and third grade, fourth through sixth grades, and grades 7 and older, with awards going to the most original costumes in each of the age groups.
Providing the music for the parade are three marching bands from local schools. Dressed in costume, the Indian River High School will lead off the parade, as they have in the past. Following Indian River are the Sussex Central and Steven Decatur high-school marching bands.
Along with the bands, there will be a collection of floats, baton twirlers, candidates for public office, Boy Scout troops, fire companies and pretty much anyone else who wishes to join the parade.
Floats of all shapes and sizes are eligible to enter. Anything that moves safely down the street is welcome.
“We’re even expecting a group of Marines to drive a boat full of buccaneers this year,” Pretty noted.
As with the costume contest, anyone wishing to register a float is being asked to meet prior to the parade start, at Selbyville Town Hall, no later than 6 p.m.
Floats can also be registered online at www.townofselbyville.com/parade.htm.
To boost the festive spirit, the Lions Club will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages in the PNC Bank parking lot.
They will also be holding a 50-50 raffle to help support the club and offset costs of organizing the parade. Tickets are on sale in advance, by contacting a Lions Club member, or at the parade itself.
“We’ve already had enough ticket sales to guarantee at least a $1,000 prize, with the winner announced that night,” Pretty emphasized. With ticket sales on the night of the parade, that prize is likely to grow.
Pretty said everyone is encouraged to come out and celebrate a bit of good, old-fashioned fun at the parade. There will even be handicapped-accessible parking provided in the town parking lot behind the Georgia House restaurant on Main Street.
For further information on the parade, or to register a float or costume, visit to the Web site at www.townofselbyville.com or contact Fran Pretty directly at (302) 436-1773.
As part of their fall fundraising activities, the Lions Club will also be hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Nov. 1. The event will be hosted at the Fenwick Crab House from 2 to 7 p.m. The cost of admission is $9 for adults, $5 for children, and free for young children. All proceeds will benefit the Lions Club.