Family tradition: 40th annual New Smyrna Beach Halloween Parade & Costume Contest to be held Oct. 31

Nolan Kirkland with parants, Nicole and Mike Kirkland of Edgewater / Headline Surfer

Headline Surfer® videos and photos produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina King-Frederick / Highlights from the 2011 New Smyrna Beach Halloween Parade are showcased in the 24/7 internet newspaper's digital coverage of the annual event.
 

NSB Hallowen parade shark boy Nolan Kirkland / Hedline SurferNEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Nicole and Mike Kirkland of Edgewater dressed up their 1-year-old son, Nolan, as a shark, three years ago for the New Smyrna Beach Halloween parade.

The costume was a big hit since New Smyrna Beach is known as the Shark Bite Capital of the World. The young family left the parade with a trophy almost as big as the little shark boy.

"This is a great event for families," said Nicole Kirkland, who made the costume from $20 worth of materials she purchased at Target.

"This is a great event for families," said Nicole Kirkland, who made the costume from $20 worth of materials she purchased at Target.

Canal Street will once again be the setting for little princesses and goblins along with parents and grandparents for the 40th annual New Smyrna Beach Halloween Parade & Costume Contest.

The parade will begin at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, at the intersection of Orange and Canal streets, heading east for four blocks to the historic Chamber of Commerce building. Participants are encouraged to be in place by 3:45 p.m.

NSB Haloween Parade / Headline SurferNSB Halloween Parade / Headline SurferNSB Halloween Parade / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer® photos / Children, adults ands even the family dog are a part of the annual Halloween parade in New Smyrna Beach as shown in these images from 2011.
 

A costume contest will follow the parade on make-shift bleachers just west of the chamber building. Judging numbers will be distributed as each contestant enters the stage.

Only original costumes are eligible for judging. 

Prizes will be awarded in six groups: Ages 4 and under, 5 to 7, 8 to 11, 12 to 17 and 18 and over. A group costume prize also will be awarded. First- through fourth-place and best-recycled costume prizes may be won in all groups.  

The event is free. For more information, please call New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at 386-424-2175.

New Smyrna Beach Halloween Parade / Headline Surfer®New Smyrna Beach Halloween Parade / Headline Surfer®NSB Halloween Parade / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photos by Serafina King-Frederick and Henry Frederick / Check out the 2010 New Smyrna Beach Halloween Parade & Costume Contest photo spread on our NSB News Facebook page by clicking the link below the photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150167112952628.314728.86274597627&type=3.
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