Halloween block party, parade casting wide net

Halloween block party, parade casting wide net
Jason Tetlak with District 9 Councilman Garrett Dennis

Perhaps riding on the coattails of its very successful centennial celebration a year ago, the Murray Hill Preservation Association is rolling out another event MHPA President Jason Tetlak calls “Jacksonville’s largest Halloween party.”

Murray Hill-O-Ween was announced Aug. 5 but interest was sparked much earlier.

“Some groups have already signed up to participate in the parade, hoping to get a jump on building the perfect float to take home the cash and prizes, but there is still plenty of room for any one that would like to create a float or entry,” Tetlak said.

The Oct. 29 the event will feature a block party beginning at 4 p.m. with food and drinks, a costume contest and many activities, along with a Halloween parade scheduled for dusk, with floats, parade puppets and costumed characters.

“An entry in the parade can be as simple as a group of friends walking together in costumes,” said Tetlak, “or as complex as you’d like it to be. We have a group doing a Harry Potter-themed float, and at least two large-scale parade puppets being constructed that we know about. There is a lot of excitement building around the parade. I think this is something that people have secretly wanted for a long time.”

MHPA is searching for a grand marshal to lead the parade and is looking for Jacksonville’s most enthusiastic Halloween fan to fill the spot. If you think you have what it takes you can post your best Halloween photo to the Hill-O-Ween Facebook page, where a winner will be chosen to be the Grand Marshal.

“We were really looking for a signature event for the neighborhood,” said Tetlak. “A Halloween theme just fits perfectly with the feeling and the identity we are trying to create here in Murray Hill.”

Anyone interested in registering to participate in the parade, or who would like more information can visit murrayhilloween.com.

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