A motley group of characters ambled up Front Street in Philipsburg on Saturday. Werewolves, vampires, fairy princesses, even cheeky little devils who wanted mom to carry the pitchfork.
The costume parade was just one part of the Harvest Fest fun, but it is always the centerpiece. Onlookers lined the sidewalks to catch a glimpse of some of kids big and small, in outfits scary and sweet.
For most, it is a family affair. Philipsburg-Osceola alum Chris Creek came home from Bellwood for the occasion, with son Wyatt dressed as a cowboy to hang out with cousin Ava Harchak, a black cat. Rebekah and Joshua Rea walked the route as yellow-headed Minions. Sister Abby wore her matching overalls and knitted hat while marching with the P-O band.
For others, Harvest Fest gave them a chance to do something for a cause. Local Boy Scouts set up carnival games and made s’mores for kids. Julie Houston handed out flyers for Front and Centre Productions’ ghost walk scheduled for Nov. 2. In front of The Well, members gave out gloves and hats.
Many kids put the mittens on right away. Temperatures were closer to those found at the annual Christmas parade, and winds whipped more than one mask or other costume piece up the street, but eager trick-or-treaters would not be dissuaded. Kids visited participating businesses on Front, Pine and Presqueisle streets, getting their candy fix a few days early.