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The Halloween parade winners are...

Find out the winners from the annual Festival at Bel Air Halloween parade

The ghosts and goblins are getting ready and pumpkins are carved – it's almost time for Halloween.

Trick-or-treating on Friday is 5 to 8 p.m. in Aberdeen and Bel Air and 6 to 8 p.m. in Havre de Grace and the rest of the county.

The Aberdeen Boys and Girls Club will host a trunk-or-treat Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on the club's grounds. The event, open to the public, has cars and other vehicles filling the parking lot and then opening their trunks to reveal treats for the children. Police Chief Henry Trabert said at Monday night's Aberdeen City Council meeting that it is planned as a safe alternative to children swarming the streets in search of candy and other treats.

The annual Halloween parades at Festival at Bel Air Shopping Center, Beards Hill Shopping Center in Aberdeen and Riverside Shopping Center drew hundreds of children and adults dressed in their favorite costumes Saturday to kick off the celebrations.

Winners of the Festival parade were: Sophia MacKinnon from Bel Air as Maleficent, first; Layla Gray from Bel Air as the Monster under the Bed, second; and Scott Turner and Tricia Hunter from Crumpton as Tree and Logger, third.

Other finalists were dressed as a claw vending machine, a box troll, the Chef of Death, a NASA robot, a double claw machine, two Doctor Whos, a grisly heart surgeon; a zombie nurse; and more.

About 100 children attended the Aberdeen parade. sponsored by Klein's ShopRite. All participants received trick-or-treat bags with candy and coupons from Beards Hill Plaza merchants. Costume winners, recognized in categories of cutest, scariest and most original, received ShopRite gift cards.

The Riverside Shopping Center Halloween parade had arts and crafts for the kids to do while waiting for costume judging. Every kid got a dose of slime (plus the recipe for making more) to take home in a trick-or-treat bag provided by ShopRite of Riverside.

Also each child got candy plus treat bags with toy surprises inside, plus fliers and coupons from Subway, Hair Cuttery and McDonald's.

Judging was by age group: 3 and younger, 4 to 7, 8 to 12, teens and pets. 

Total participation was around 150 children and adults.

According to Michelle Norton, Human Resources Coordinator of Klein's ShopRite of Riverside: "the early date enabled some parents with very young children to make it a 'tryout' to see if their kids were 'up to it' before the actual event."

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