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Trick-or-Treaters Take Over Downtown Chappaqua

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – New Castle was in good hands on Sunday, as Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman and others showed up to protect the town from evil-doers.

In actuality, the superheroes' true identities were none other than the children of Chappaqua and Millwood who showed up to march in the town's annual Halloween Ragamuffin Parade.

“He’s my favorite,” said Jordan Wilson, 3, of why he chose his Spiderman costume.

Well before lining up to show off their costumes, many families went to the Chappaqua train station to play miniature golf, ride in go-karts or get their faces painted at the preceding carnival.

Local merchants in the downtown area joined in by handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. Participating stores in the Chappaqua/Millwood Business Association-sponsored event included Auntie Penny, Family Britches, Gail Patricks Café, ICD Jewelry, Le Jardin du Roi, Mario's Pizza, Marmalade and Pizza Station.

“They’ll be back out on Halloween, but it’s nice that they can have their own day,” said Ana Rodriguez.

The annual parade was sponsored by Land Rover/Volvo of Mt. Kisco and featured a new parade route and appearances by the Chappaqua Fire Department, the Ambulance Corp, The Blue Crew Marching Band and the Dixie Dandies Marching Band.

The parade was accompanied by a live band playing in the triangle at the Route 120 bridge and with a DJ at the train station.

The town will continue its Halloween celebration on Monday, when the Chappaqua Public Library will host “Halloween Horror” at 7 p.m. The event will feature storytelling and mummy-wrapping.

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