Newtown Borough >> Rain and wind forced the annual Newtown Borough Halloween Parade inside, but it couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm. Several hundred kids and their parents packed the comfortable and dry historic Newtown Theatre Saturday morning to show off an eclectic collection of costumes, from a giant blinking eyeball to Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot. “Thank you for coming out today to enjoy a rainy Halloween,” said Mayor Charles Swartz in welcoming everyone to the event. “Sorry the weather is not cooperating, but here we are inside the movie theatre with a hall filled with some great costumes.” The historic hall bustled with excitement as a panel of judges, including Police Chief James Sabbath, Paul Salvatore, Heather Lewis and Liz Warren, inspected the various categories from TV and movies to family themes, scariest and homemade costumes.
Smiles, laughter and excitement were everywhere Sunday afternoon as the McCaffrey's Christmas Parade spread music and joy from one end of Newtown to the other. Organized by the Newtown Business Association, the parade had all the trimmings of the season from dancing trees and candy canes to Santa and Mrs. Claus who traveled from the North Pole for the parade. "Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas," said Santa from his seat of honor aboard an antique Newtown fire engine as it rolled down State Street. "What a great turnout of people," he said as he waved to the thousands of people lining the parade route from the Stocking Works, through the historic State Street business district and along Sycamore Street. "It warms my heart to see so many people and the holiday spirit alive and well in Bucks County." District Judge Mick Petrucci and Newtown Borough tax collector Judy Musto provided a running commentary of the parade from their balcony seats overlooking Sycamore Street at Goodnoe Corners. It was the place to be as performers turned the street into a stage entertaining the crowds with dancing, twirling flags and music. Escorted by Newtown Township Police Chief Rick Pasqualini and Newtown Borough Chief Tony Wojciechowski, the parade stepped off with an American Legion color guard from Newtown Post 440. Musket fire filled the air as the 1st Crossing Volunteers, an 18th century re-enactment group from Crossing Community Church, brought back the days of the American Revolution.