Halloween parade celebrates Route 66

Halloween parade celebrates Route 66

Carlinville kicked off Halloween celebrations last Thursday, Oct. 25, with its annual Merchant’s Night. Trick-or-treaters and parents in the hundreds made their way around the square, going from business to business to show off their costumes and score candy and other treats from the participating merchants.

Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27, Imagine Rural Arts hosted a pumpkin-carving contest on the square. Winners were Logan Brooks (ages 7-10), Olivia Wieneke (11-15), Alex Boles (16+) and the Yeager family.

The main event of this year’s Halloween celebration arrived Saturday night, Oct. 27, with the Carlinville Rotary Club’s 78th annual Halloween parade. This year’s theme was “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.”

As in many years prior, participants formed a line at Carlinville Plaza and followed Route 4 down North Broad Street to the square. Deb Young, program coordinator for Route 66 in Carlinville, served as the Grand Marshal this year, and the parade marshals were the State of Illinois Route 66 Committee.

This year’s senior Rotary Queen winner was Cheyanne Hackwith-Work, daughter of Joshua Work; the Rotary King was Joseph Foiles, son of Kristy and Charles Swearingen and Brian and Caress Foiles. Other participants were seniors Elyse Lewis, daughter of Ronald and Susan Lewis; Molly Lewis, daughter of Russell and Kate Lewis; Bailey Lippold, son of Benjamin and Jennifer Lippold; and Chase Lawless, son of Josef Perkins and Deborah Lawless. Underclassmen who served as members of the Rotary Queen’s Court were junior Allison Rosentreter, daughter of Gregory and Carol Rosentreter, escorted by Aiden Naugle, son of Brian and Leslie Naugle; sophomore Abigail Way, daughter of David and Sara Way, escorted by Aidan Tosh, son of Ryan and Myra Tosh; and freshman Jillian Stayton, daughter of Baron and Suzanne Stayton, escorted by Harrison Nepute, son of Morgan and Adam Markwell and Mike Nepute.

A costume contest was held at City Hall for both single and group costumes. For the individual category, first place went to Mason Michelis (LED stick person), second to Levi Adams (Mad Hatter) and third to Sam Wilson (Dr. Who). In the group category, the winners were the Harding, Bentley and Jones families (“Rebel Rock and Roll Zombies Kicking on Route 66”) and the Zimmer Family (“Spirits of All Hallows Eve”).

This year’s best of parade winner was the Carlinville High School freshman class, which also placed first in the high school category, followed by the junior class in second place and the senior class in third place.

In the civic and fraternal category, first place went to Miss Girard and Girard Little Miss and Mister, while second place went to the Red Hat Ladies.

In the commercial category, CNB took first place, followed by United Community Bank in second place and Reno’s in third.

In the religious category, Gillespie United Methodist Church placed first, followed by Charity Baptist Church in second place.

For youth organizations, Pack 65 Cub Scouts placed first, followed by the Anti-Drug Coalition in second place and Carlinville FFA in third place.

The health care category was won by Heritage Health Care, with Carlinville Area Hospital coming in second.

Bands participating were not ranked and included Carlinville High School, Gillespie High School, North Mac High and Middle Schools, Northwestern High School and Carlinville Middle School, which performed on the square before the parade.

Awards were also given to horses participating in the parade. In the horse group category, Grays Riding for Carcinoid Cancer Awareness (Jennifer Hartsook, Madison Hays, Wendy Nickel, Kristie Brown and Vicky Ray) placed first; Country Riders (Makiah Porteus and Randy Porteus) placed second; and third place went to Fast and Furious, listed only by the names Janaih and Tyler. Individual horse winners went to Makiah Porteus, first; Wendy Nickell, second; and Sandy Hobkirk, third.

The 50/50 ticket winner is numbered 6956174. Whoever has the winning ticket can call Matt Gazda at (217) 854-5411 or (217) 854-5146, Amy Kline at (217) 741-8543 or Carrie Harris at (217) 691-0394.

The float made by Carlinville High School’s freshman class was named Best of Parade and was ranked first in the high school category.