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October 17th, 2019

pet spook parade 2018This dog makes its way to Tobias Park with its human to get some treats during last year’s Pet and Spook Parade. This year’s parade will be on Halloween day and the community is encouraged to participate. L&T file photo/Elly GrimmELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


Halloween is right around the corner, which means it is almost time for Liberal’s favorite Halloween tradition, the annual Pet and Spook Parade. 

This year’s parade will start at 4 p.m. Halloween day, with lineup beginning at 3:45 p.m. The parade participants will line up on Trail Street and then parade down to 5th Street and over to Tobias Park, which is where Kiwanis members will hand out goodie bags. 

“Just remember, in order to get your treats, you must walk in the parade and gather a coupon at the beginning and then they'll get their goodie bags when they get to the park,” Liberal Noon Kiwanis Club President Dora Davis said. “We usually also have a couple of the school bands march with everyone, and it's great having them as part of it all and they also typically get a treat of some sort at the end for participating. There's typically about 400 people and their pets who are part of the parade each year. And we're still taking donations toward the parade as far as extra treats and some of those things. It's just always fun seeing everyone dressed up and having a good time, and the pet costumes are always hilarious to see.”

The Pet and Spook Parade is an annual favorite for the Noon Kiwanis Club, and Davis said she and the rest of the club are excited to see what turns up for this year. 

“The Pet and Spook Parade is something we've done for several years now and people get a kick out of dressing themselves up as well as their pets, so that's always entertaining to see – I remember we actually had a chicken walk in the parade one year,” Davis said with a chuckle. “It's just a really fun activity for everyone, especially the kids. We're also hoping the weather will be awesome this year, that's really the big deciding factor for people as far as if they participate or not. We also work to keep all the schools involved, we do that by making flyers for all the schools and passing them out to all the students so they know when it is and can plan their costume and all of that. Also, it's a free activity and it's a great activity to do on Halloween. It's also a great activity for children if they're not quite ready for the door-to-door trick-or-treating, this way they can still get candy and participate in Halloween without going all around town if they're not ready for that.”

Davis added the group is also taking some donations for this year’s parade. 

“We take care of the sodas we give out, we work with some stores and vendors in the community for that end, and we usually spend $600-$700 on candy alone every year for the bags, so if we don't get donations, that cuts into our regular funds, which we need in order to help children in the community, which is what the Kiwanis Club is all about,” Davis said. “So if we can get some donations of candy and other treats, that will help and we'd gladly take them.”

Everyone is encouraged to participate and attend this year’s parade. 

“It's great this year's parade is on a Thursday, which is our meeting day, so it'll be great to see everyone out there and we love putting this on every year, the Kiwanis Club is a great group of people who get together every week and plan activities and thing that will help the community,” Davis said. 

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