Old Greenwich School tradition continues at Happy Halloween parade

Both students and staff got into the spirit of the event as they looped around from Old Greenwich School onto Sound Beach Avenue for the annual parade. –John Ferris Robben

Both students and staff got into the spirit of the event as they looped around from Old Greenwich School onto Sound Beach Avenue for the annual parade. –John Ferris Robben

Sound Beach Avenue was filled last week with everything from ghouls and ghosts to superheroes and football players, but this was no typical day in Old Greenwich.

Instead it was the festive atmosphere in town as part of Old Greenwich School’s annual Halloween parade. The decades-old beloved school tradition continued this year as close to 400 costumed students marched from the school through a loop onto Sound Beach Avenue, where they first passed through a haunted house set up inside the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department headquarters and then walked past the local businesses back to the school.

The parade is a major event not just for the school but also for the entire community, as local businesses have long supported it and many merchants joined parents watching as the kids marched in costumes that ranged from Godzilla to zombies to a robotic candy machine to superheroes from Batman to Superman and even a princess or three. Even members of the school’s staff got into the spirit with colorful costumes of their own.

Old Greenwich School Principal Patricia Raneri, dressed up as Waldo from Where’s Waldo, told the Post that this was one of her favorite events of the year.

“This is a great event that ties the community together,” Ms. Raneri said. “I love that the merchants come out of their stores and everyone stops shopping for 20 minutes to see how cute all the kids are. It’s really important for us because it’s such a cultural tradition here in Old Greenwich. One of the things we celebrate in school is that we’re part of a community, not just a school community but a broader community. This gives us an opportunity to share different cultures and traditions and it’s a lot of fun.”

Post photographer John Ferris Robben was there for the action and his super-sized slide show will appear online on Monday at Greenwich-post.com.

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