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Hastings Celebrates Halloween With Parade, Music

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Pirates, zombies, ghosts and witches roamed down Warburton Avenue in Hastings on Sunday as the village celebrated Halloween and fall. Children and adults alike enjoyed games, pony rides, window painting and more during the afternoon celebration downtown.  “The pony rides are pretty fun,” said Caludia Baizan, a Yonkers resident.

The pony ride was one of the most popular attractions with a steady line all afternoon. Luckily, the children had bags full of candy from trick-or-treating at downtown businesses to keep them occupied during the wait. Ducks, chickens and sheep were also on hand for people to see and pet near Juniper Restaurant.  Kate McDermott, 7, Lyla Gatterdam, 7, and Benna McDermott, 9, spent some of their time at the celebration painting a jack-o-lantern for the Window Painting Contest. The choice of subject matter was a simple one for the crew of budding artists. “It’s a pumpkin because you see them on Halloween,” said Kate McDermott.

Dozens of Halloween-themed paintings covered the windows of businesses on Warburton Street, and while each artist thought his or her work was the best, there was one thing all kids agreed on – candy. “Candy is the best,” said Erik Ghalib, a 6-year-old dressed as a police officer. “Crunches are my favorite.” When asked if he caught any bad guys while in uniform at the event, Ghalib quickly ran over to his friend Oliver Faranda, a 6-year-old dressed as a pirate, and proudly stated, “I caught him!” Faranda said his favorite part of the day was the train ride and hot dog made by the Hastings Fire Department.

Local musician Joe Rooney, dressed as Tigger, provided music and games, and kept the crowd entertained all day. Rooney hosted a mummy-wrapping contest, where participants competed to create a toilet paper mummy the fastest, and then competed again to see which group could unwrap its mummy the fastest.  Along with music, animals, games and of course, candy, children enjoyed a bounce house, trackless train rides, balloon animals and face painting. 

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