GENESEO – With costumes ranging from Dr. Seuss and Super Mario to grim reapers and gory brides, Main Street lit up on Friday with a frenzy of trick-or-treating, followed by the annual Halloween parade.
Despite a little rain and a healthy fall chill, ninja turtles, princesses, dragons, football players, and fairies trick-or-treated at over 25 Main Street businesses in the second annual Geneseo trick-or-treat courtesy of the Geneseo Merchants Association. With their bags heavy with candy, dozens of trick-or-treaters sported their costumes at Village Park for the Rotary and Kiwanis’ annual Halloween Parade.
“I can’t see out of the sides,” said Emily Vattimo, who walked the parade inside an incredible cardboard and duct tape Pac-Man. “I also can’t see out of the back, so when I back up I bump into things.”
According to her mother Valerie, it was Emily’s own idea to go as Pac-Man, and only needed help from grownups when it came to building the costume.
Local dog lovers Dale and Rob Sells came as an adorable shark and diver, carrying their three small dogs, Wicket, Willie and Baby Girl, who were also in costume. Wicket came as a shark, Willie as Nemo, and Baby Girl as a baby killer whale.
“We come down every year, and we always do a costume with our little guys,” said Dale Sells. “We try to plan what we’re going to be a year in advance.”
At Village Park, costumes were sorted into themes including animals, comic book characters, science fiction, horror, and “Halloween” themes.
Paraders followed a banner for Envy Salon down Main Street from Village Park and circled the bear fountain to marching tunes played by local musicians, including Buzzo of Buzzo’s Music. Some folks even got ribbons for their exceptional costumes at the end. Many parents immediately took their kids to continue trick-or-treating in the village afterwards.