On October 25, 2023

Rutland to hold Running Scared 5K, Halloween Parade 



Saturday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m.—RUTLAND—Rutland City Recreation & Parks will celebrate the 62nd year of the Rutland City Halloween Parade. Expect street closures around the downtown area beginning at 5:15 p.m. and re-opening at approximately 8:30 p.m. 

There will be limited parking along the parade route on Wales Street, West Street, Strong Ave, and Merchants Row on the day of the parade.

As always area schools, local businesses, and outside organizations will be participating in this overwhelmingly popular Rutland City tradition, said Recreation Superintendent Kim Peters. “We look forward to this year’s parade and are excited to see returning crowd favorites like the dancing skeletons and the creativity with new entries.”

Parade route

Madison & Strongs Avenue, Strongs to Wales, Wales to West, left onto West, left onto Merchants Row, return along Strongs to point of beginning. 


Most Original = Superintendent’s Trophy Best Costumed Marching Band

Best in Parade = Mayor’s Trophy Best Costumed Marching Unit

Most Creative = Department Trophy Honorable Mention

The Rutland City Halloween Parade will be shown live on PEGTV Ch. 1075 & VTel Ch. 163. 

Running Scared 5K

Leading up to the parade, the recreation department will hold the Running Scared 5K, a Halloween Parade fundraiser at Pine Hill Park, Oak Street Extension. The race is Saturday, Oct. 28. 28, starting at 11 a.m. (Support will be pulled at 1 p.m.)

Runners are encouraged to dress to impress in the spirit of Halloween. Cost is $15 per person (participants 10 and under are free). Day of registration is available from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for $20 per person, at Giorgetti Athletic Complex (cash only). 

New this year, participants will line up at Giorgetti Athletic Complex for the start of the race, proceed to the Creek Path, ending the route at the Rutland Rec Community Center where the Rutland County Early Childhood Educator’s Network will host a trunk-or-treat event.

For more information, visit: rutlandrec.com.

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