Hancock Rotary Halloween parade fills Main Street with characters, chills & cheer

by Geoff Fox

For the 76th year, the Hancock Rotary sponsored the annual Halloween Parade through town, drawing hundreds along Main Street and a little over 40 participants.

An almost full moon hung over Hancock last Wednesday, October 25, and Mother Nature provide a perfect evening for a parade.

People started lining up along Main Street at least two hours before the parade event started, setting up benches, blankets, and chairs for the perfect spot to watch the parade.

At the staging grounds in Widmeyer Park, and along Main Street west of the park, those in the parade made the final adjustments to their entry and organizers set the line up.

At 7 p.m., the Hancock Police started their way slowly down Main Street with their lights flashing, bringing the parade to the people.

Fire apparatus from Hancock, Berkeley Springs, South Morgan, Great Cacapon, and Orleans, along with Hancock Rescue Squad represented their respective departments.

Bands of Panthers, Indians, and Huskies (Hancock, Southern Fulton, and E. Russell Hicks) marched down Main Street playing different songs.

Families celebrated Halloween and took trips to Oz and Jurassic Park on their floats.

Scouts were Barbies, Brewing Up Fun, superheroes, and Growing Up Girl Scouts.

There were even animal crackers in the parade with Good Shepherd Preschool.

Many cars and tractors also were on display in the parade.

Winners from the parade were as follows:


Grand Prize – Girl Scout Troop 15055 Barbies Can Do/Be Anything

1st – Girl Scout Troop 80338 “Brewing Up Fun”

2nd – Girl Scout Troop 15127 “Growing Up Scouts”

3rd – Needmore Cub Scout Pack #45 “Have No Fear, Pack 45 is here!”

Honorable mention – Hancock Flag Football “Hancock”

Community Floats:

1st – Good Shepherd Preschool “Animal Crackers”

2nd – Lion’s Club “Handicapped Skeletons”


1st – Ronnie Cline 1960 Chevy

2nd – Judith Barton 1966 Mustang Coupe

Family Floats:

1st – MacDowell Family “Jurassic Park”

2nd – Bain Family “Wizard of Oz”

3rd – Watson Family “Halloween”


1st – Hancock Flag Football Cheerleaders

2nd – Hancock Little League Girls’ Softball


1st – Silver Starlettes

Tractor Club:

1st Washington County Antique Tractor Club


1st – Martin Harvey 1956 Mack Truck

2nd – Wayne Johnson 1985 Ford F-150


1st – Martin Harvey 1967 Farm-All Cub Tractor


1st – Shriners’ Sayara Unit “Tin Lizzies”