The first Halloween Parade of the season is the one in Bethalto, which will take place around sunset next Wednesday, October 26.  The parade will follow a the same route it debuted last year.  It's about a mile in length, which one of the organizers says should lead to more participation.

Bethalto Rotary Club President Brianne Bourne tells The Big Z the route starts at the corner of Prairie Street and Route 140 on the bank parking lot, and runs north on Prairie Street to City Hall.

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Following the parade, Bourne says there will be a costume contest for several age groups.  If you would like to participate there's no pre-registration, you just need to show up at the parking lot to line up at 6pm, with the parade stepping off at 6:30.  This is the 73rd year for the parade in Bethalto.

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