By Kathy Collins

Ghosts, goblins, princesses and super heroes, ages 3 to 10, are invited to Center Place’s 18th Annual Halloween Horribles Parade. This family friendly event is set to take place on Sunday, October 25 from 3-5 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. In order to participate, children must have a ticket (cost $2) which must be purchased in advance. The tickets will be available at Center Place beginning on Thursday, October 1.

The parade line up begins at 2:30 p.m. on the Center Place deck area. The parade route from Center Place down South Parsons Ave. past Brandon Regional Hospital and then back up Vonderburg Dr. and ends at Center Place.

The parade route is lined with vendors from the area’s finest businesses and civic organizations who will have Halloween treats available for all of the costumed munchkins.

According to Lisa Rodriguez, marketing director for Center Place, “This will be our 18th year hosting this community event. Center Place loves doing the Halloween Horribles Parade, which was created many years ago by one of our former board members, Nancy Kelley. The event provides a safe, family-friendly environment for the kids to Trick or Treat in their Halloween costumes. Everyone has a great time, and a lot of the adults love to dress up in costume as well. It’s a fun way to spend the afternoon.”

Vendors, local businesses and organizations, line the parade route and give out candy, stickers or beads to the children. There is no cost to be a vendor, but the vendor does supply the goodies. Organizations interested in participating can contact Center Place at 685-8888 by Monday, October 19.

Center Place was created by the community in 1976 to provide a central venue that would allow for the promotion of the arts in Eastern Hillsborough County. Center Place is a non-profit organization. It offers cultural enrichment opportunities for all ages through a variety of programs including original art exhibitions, education and the performance of art.

For more information, visit or call 685-8888.

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