About 150 participate in Whiting Halloween parade

2013-10-26T18:00:00Z 2013-10-26T19:05:33Z About 150 participate in Whiting Halloween paradeCarmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

WHITING | The Whiting High School band marched along 119th Street Saturday morning, leading a trail of ghosts, goblins, monsters and princesses. 

About 150 parents and children participated in the annual Whiting Halloween parade. Whiting police blocked New York Avenue as youngsters gathered behind Chase Bank at the intersection of 119th Street and New York Avenue for the 1:30 p.m. start of the parade.

Nancy Cook, of Whiting, brought her 3-year-old daughter, Sydney, dressed as the sassy Sulley from the movie Monsters Inc. Sydney often hid behind her mother's leg as she watched the other children and talked to neighbors.

"Her aunt picked out this costume," Cook said. "She said she wanted to be a monster. It's been a while since I came. My older daughter is a teenager now, but I used to bring her."

The Halloween parade has been held for more than 25 years.

Candice and Oscar Randle, of Country Club Hills, have brought their two children, Zyere, 5, and Zahmere, 4, for the last three years.

Candice Randle said she doesn't mind the 30-minute drive to get to Whiting, and her mother lives nearby.

"I'm familiar with the area and we really enjoy coming," she said. "It's a lot of fun."

The parade takes about 10 minutes, and the participants finish up at the Community Center, 1938 Clark Ave., where everyone gets a treat.

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