OAKLAND — Police will host Costumes on Parade, a town Halloween parade, in an attempt to keep trick-or-treating children off darkened streets.

Police Captain Rick Stubbert said the parade is being hosted as a “safe alternative” to trick-or-treating and that police anticipate a good turnout.

He also said he has no doubt that there will be trick-or-treaters about town Halloween night.

The parade will depart from Williams Elementary School on Pleasant Street at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

The parade route will follow Pleasant Street to Lower Oak Street, to Main Street, to West Pleasant Street, to Pleasant and back to Williams School.

Doughnuts and cider will be served at the school.

Event coordinator Kathy Paradis said town officials hope residents and employees of businesses along the parade route will participate by donning costumes and passing out candy.

Residents are encouraged to walk with the parade. The police department has asked that if anyone who wants to have a float in the parade, they should contact the department at 465-2202. Stubbert said there is no cost for entering a float.

City officials recommend all participants bring flashlights. For liability reasons, town officials said dogs are not allowed.

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