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Newark Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat Main Street

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Newark’s 70th annual Halloween Parade is drawing near. Plan now to be a part of this special Halloween event, complete with marching bands, floats, antique automobiles, costumed characters and much more. The parade begins at Tyre Avenue and Main Street and marches west on Main Street, to College Avenue.

Local clubs, civic groups, school bands, PTA’s and scout troops are encouraged to participate. Please fill out the application below or stop by the Recreation Office to register your group. See below for additional information on participation or call (302) 366-7000. Applications are also available online at

** Pre-registration is not necessary if: You simply wish to come in costume and walk in the parade. A special line up space will be provided. Check in at the information booth at George Read Park by 2:30 p.m. on parade day.

** Note to Politicians or Political Groups: If you wish to march in the parade, you must be in costume and pre-register. We appreciate your cooperation.

Parade Categories (Pre-registration is necessary):
Marching Bands or Musical Groups – Any marching band or musical group. High School and Junior High Marching Bands must have a minimum of 25 musicians and be pre registered for the parade in order to qualify for a donation.

Floats – Floats will be judged on their Halloween theme, and monetary prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Large Marching Group – Must include a minimum of 10 individuals with at least 2 adults (if children are 12 or under, there must be 1 adult per 5 children). Awards will be presented for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.

Small/Family Marching Group – Must have an overall theme and consist of at least 5 members and fewer than 10 members. Awards will be presented for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Vehicles – Antique automobiles with or without costumed drivers/riders.

Complete your application online at or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 366-7000 for more information.

Please note the following road closures during the event:
Main Street (Library Avenue to North College), Tyre Avenue/Delaware Circle, Delaware Avenue (Chapel Street to Library Avenue).

Trick or Treat Main Street will follow the parade with ghosts and goblins, fairies and princesses joining in the fun. The event is paired with the Halloween Parade for twice the fun. There will be goodies from many stores and downtown businesses, and much more.

Bring a camera and have your picture taken in the Pumpkin Patch. All municipal lots will offer free parking to cars during the events. For the safety of the children, Main Street will remain closed throughout Trick or Treat Main Street. There is no rain date for this event.

Please remember that pets are not comfortable in the heat and crowds of large events, so for their safety and the safety of those attending the event, please leave your pets at home.

There is NO RAIN DATE for this event. For cancellation information, please call (302) 366-7147.

For additional information, please call the Newark Parks and Recreation Department at 302-366-7000.

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