Phantoms in the Park begins Saturday in Canton at 1 p.m.; parade, costume contest planned
Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 6:19 am

CANTON -- The annual “Phantoms in the Park” will bring Halloween festivities to the Village Park Saturday, Oct. 27.

The event, sponsored by the Canton Chamber of Commerce and St. Lawrence University Student Activities, will feature a parade, and costume and pumpkin contests this year.

The event will begin with a parade at 1 p.m., when a horde of up to 350 trick-or-treaters will visit downtown merchants, many with treats and goodies for parade participants.

A costume contest will be held at 2 p.m., following the parade. Costume categories for judging will include the scariest, the most original, the funniest, the most patriotic, the cutest, the most creative use of recycled materials, and “families at phantoms.”

Other highlights will include a pumpkin contest and a visit from the fire department, according to the Chamber’s Executive Director, Sally Hill. Children are invited to bring their pre-decorated pumpkins, with the crowd favorite winning a “People’s Choice” award.

The fire department is expected to appear with a fire truck to pass out goodies, Hill said.

Also participating again this year is Mike Livingston, who will again donate pumpkins to decorate the park. Price Chopper is also expected to participate with a donation of donuts and cider or hot chocolate again this year, although Hill has been unable to confirm yet. The store had to apply for permission, said Hill, “but I am sure they will be there.”

Anyone wishing to help decorate is invited to arrive at noon, and donations of pumpkins, gourds, or corn stalks will be accepted.