Krescenz Hundley watched from the sidewalk as Boonville’s annual Halloween Lions Club Parade and Contest passes by on Main Street.
“I used to play in that band,” Hundley said. “The parade has been going on since I went to school here. I’ve got grandkids now, but it’s fun to come here and see the band cut up and walk backwards.”
The Boonville High School marching band marched from Morgan Street to outside of Laura Speed Elliott Middle School as part of an annual local event that has lasted more than 20 years.
“We are seniors, so this is our last year,” said Alexandria DeVore, Boonville High School senior and marching band member. “We’ve been here for four years. We got to the front of the parade, which was cool. You really have to fight your way past the drumline.
The Lions Club Parade and Contest is only one of the several local events taking place on Halloween. Every year, the Riverdell Care Center hosts a trick or treat from 5-7 p.m. at 1121 Eleventh St., which is the first stop for many children on their long night of trick or treating. The residents and faculty of the center hand out candy and take photos with the children.
The Boonslick Heartland YMCA on Third Street hosted indoor trick or treating, face painting, games, a bounce house and crafts from 6-8 p.m.
The parade is the main event and took place at 6 p.m. on the intersection of Morgan and Main Street. People from their cars lead the marching band and threw candy to crowds on the sidewalk.
Community members dressed in their Halloween costumes followed the music makers. More than a hundred people filled Main Street. A short costume contest happened after the parade in front of the middle school.
The energy was high in the air as trick or treaters and their parents disbursed after the costume contest to continue the festivities.