Haunted but undaunted, annual Adams Lions Club Children's Halloween Parade braves the rain
Photo Gallery | 2016 Adams Lions Club Halloween Parade
ADAMS — Costumed kids of all ages didn't let a little rain Sunday afternoon scare them off from marching in the annual Children's Halloween Parade.
Sponsored by the Adams Lions Club for the past 69 years, youngsters, teenagers and a few adults enjoyed the brief, but festive jaunt through the downtown dressed in a wide variety of spooky, charming or funny garb.
Three-year-old Mason Stump and his 18-month-old brother Caden were decked out as Buzz Lightyear and Woody respectively from the "Toy Story" movies.
"Mason picked out the costumes because [the boys] are best friends," said their father Jason Stump, also celebrating a birthday on Sunday.
Umbrellas were the fashion accessory for many of the participants as a light rain tapered off to a drizzle just before the parade stepped off at 4 p.m. from the parking lot of Adams Savings Bank. Adams Lions Club members were unhaunted ... er, undaunted ... by the wet weather.
"We've [marched] in the snow and snow flurries," said club secretary Art McConnell.
With an Adams police cruiser escort, the Hoosac Valley High School marching band led the procession, the musicians also in costume including drum majorette Kylie Addy dressed as a doe, a deer, a female deer. The Adams Fire Department trailed the marchers with Engine 2 decorated for the occasion.
Hoosac Valley alto saxophonist Jake Meczywor wearing red and black on white made for a sharp-looking Count Dracula.
"I put this together at the last minute. I went to the story this morning and found this cape," he said.
The Halloween parade was a first for Hadlee O'Brien, the toddler wearing a chick-hatching-from-an-egg costume. Her father Jim was the farmer and mother Heather wearing the yellow chicken outfit that was her idea.
"I love Halloween, the costumes and trying to be creative," she said.
Georgia, a 2-year-old English cream golden retriever, relished her debut in the parade as she wrapped in a hot dog costume.
"She loves people and she just wants to be let loose," said owner Tammy LaGess, holding tight Georgia's leash.
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