PAULDING – The Paulding Lions Club will be hosting the annual Halloween parade and costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 26. Also participating are the United Way of Paulding County and the Eagles Lodge. The event will include entertainment, food and a costume contest.
The day will begin with a parade. Participants are asked to assemble in front of the Paulding County Carnegie Library between 1-1:15 p.m., with the parade beginning at 1:30 p.m. Contestants will march around the square up to the gazebo on the courthouse lawn where costume judging will take place. In inclement weather, the costume judging will take place at the Paulding Eagles.
People of all ages are invited to be part of the Halloween parade and costume contest. The 10 costume categories are:
• Infants under 12 months
• Ages 1 to 2
• Clowns and tramps
• Things, objects, and plants
• Animals and creatures
• Movie, TV, fairy tale characters
• Vampires, ghosts and goblins
• Ages 13 and over
All participants will receive a reward for their involvement. Plus, special prizes will be given to the grand prize winner and the first, second, and third place winners in each category.
The Paulding High School band will lead the parade, and the cheerleaders will be the judges of the costume contest.
The Halloween parade is made possible by donations and/or assistance from local businesses.
“Trophies will be awarded to the winners of our Halloween costume contest for both kids and adults,” stated Sarah Sajuan, a UWPC activity committee member.
From 2-4 p.m., fingerprinting will be done by Sheriff Jason Landers of the Paulding County Sheriff‘s Office who will be assisting United Way volunteers in providing fingerprinting ID kits for kids.
Landers recommends that parents update the photos of their kids at least once a year.
“This ID card will not be kept in the hands of law enforcement. It will, in fact, be handed back to the parents to retain and produce in the event the finger prints are needed,” said Sheriff Landers.
From 5-7 p.m., a steak dinner will be held at the Eagles Lodge in Paulding. The steak dinner includes baked potato and a side salad and will be available to adults for $12. Kids can eat a hot dog and chips free of charge.
The Memory Lane Band will be playing from 8-11 p.m.
Those in attendance may also purchase raffle tickets for the top prize, which is a Thanksgiving dinner basket of goodies for the winner to prepare. There will also be a 50/50 raffle drawing. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and may be purchased in advance or throughout the evening. Participants do not need to be present to win.
United Way partners with organizations that share the view that the way to improve lives is by mobilizing the caring power of communities.
“The United Way slogan – ‘Give. Advocate. Volunteer. Live United’ – promotes people working together to create a brighter future in their community,” said Pam Miller, United Way board member. “The money raised in Paulding County stays in our county to help our neighbors.”
Those interested in the Halloween party or in donating to the United Way campaign are encouraged to call the United Way office at 419-399-8240 or visit their website at http://unitedwayofpauldingcounty.org, or like them on Facebook.