Marion, Mattapoisett celebrate a night of frights and delights

Nov 1, 2023

Anything can happen on Halloween and in Marion and Mattapoisett kids dressed in all kinds of costumes to trick-or-treat, march in parades and compete in costume contests.

Some costumes were spooky, some were cute and some took a lot of effort to pull off.

In Marion, the good witches of the Marion Art Center made sure that the town’s annual Halloween parade went off without a hitch. Children and parents filled the streets of Marion village to celebrate the holiday.

“It was awesome,” said the volunteer witches of the Marion Art Center.

Meanwhile, in Mattapoisett hundreds of eager Trick-or-Treaters took over Church Street on Tuesday evening for Mattapoisett’s Halloween Parade.

Residents of Church Street and Barstow Street sat outside their homes and braved the swarm of children looking for candy. Church Street was closed to traffic to allow children to hunt down candy safely and to allow for the town’s annual Halloween parade to pass through.

Following the parade, the Mattapoisett Police Department hosted a costume contest at Center School. Contestants were split up into groups based on age, starting with preschool and kindergarten, going all the way to adults.

The winner of the preschool and kindergarten contest was dressed as a truck from Brownell Boat Yard — complete with a boat trailer in tow.

In the first and second grade category the first place prize went to a child dressed as the Monopoly Man. The third and fourth grade category saw a “creepy spider” take the top spot. In the fifth and sixth grade category, a child dressed as a big red barn was awarded first place.

Mason Mendoza took home second place in the fifth and sixth grade contest, dressed as a basketball trading card of himself. Mendoza was decked out in Memphis Grizzlies gear because he “likes all of their players.” He chose a miniature lacrosse set as his prize. “My favorite part about Halloween is seeing all of the costumes.”

The seventh and eighth grade category had a number of competitors including Gru from the movie “Despicable Me” and a Na’vi from “Avatar,” but the winner of the category all 11 secret herbs and spices as a bucket of KFC chicken.

The only entrant in the high school category — repping Tri-Town first responders in a police officer uniform — took first place.
Finally, the adults got their turn to show off their costumes. A man dressed as Forest Gump started running and never stopped — winning the first place prize.

Following the contest, kids quickly dispersed to continue the trick-or-treating they started during the parade.

Eight-year-old Ashtyn Caton stalked the streets as Jason from — specifically — Friday the 13th Part III. Caton said his favorite part of Halloween is “scary stuff,” especially horror movies.

Patrick Henry, 13, was dressed as a president — though not any particular commander-in-chief.

“It started as a joke at school with my friends,” said Henry, who added that his favorite part about Halloween is the spirit that the community shows.

“I also like walking around with everyone and hanging out with friends,” he said.