2016 Parade Day Set!

The 22nd Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade will be Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Check back here for information.

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2015 Halloween Parade Line-Up

DIVISION 1

Jim Thorpe Police Department and Mayor Michael Sofranko

Grand Marshall – Ron Sheehan
Carbon County Treasurer

Jim Thorpe Lions Club

Daisy Girl Scout Troop 30423

Cub Scout Pack 138

Rajah Shrine Angler’s Club

Jim Thorpe High School Band
- Sponsored by Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank

Democratic Party of Carbon County

Friends of Rocky Ahner for Carbon County Commission

Girl Scout Senior Troop 32904

Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank

DIVISION 2

Jim Thorpe Fire Department

Hawk Mountain Highlanders
- Sponsored by Mauch Chunk Trust Company

Girl Scout Troop of Albrightsville

California Raisin Vehicle

Cub Scout Pack 597

Gregory Badger-Calliope

Nesquehoning Girl Scouts

Committee to Elect Doyle Heffley

Carbon County GOP Republican Party

Carbon County Friends of Animals
“Spooky and Creepy Pet Graveyards”

Girl Scout Troop 30138

Jukebox Cruisers

DIVISION 3

Penn Forest Fire Co #1

Girl Scout Troop 30137

Forks of the Delaware Tin Lizzies

Matthew Cramer

Bob Hydro – Golf Cart

Perserverance Jazz Band

Soccer Team

Mahoning Valley Ambulance Assoc

Carbon County Lion / Lioness Fair Assoc

Mauch Chunk Motorheads

Santa Claus and Mrs. Clause

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Treasurer Sheehan to lead Jim Thorpe parade

A Carbon County official who is prominent in the Jim Thorpe community has been selected to serve as grand marshal of the 21st Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade, which will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Ronald J. Sheehan, the current county treasurer now in his 14th year, will have the honor of leading the parade, which is now in its fifth year of management and coordination by the Jim Thorpe Lions Club, sponsor of the event since 2011.

The parade will begin at the Jim Thorpe Area High School, turn left onto Center Street and proceed three blocks to Ninth Street. At that point, the route will turn right onto Ninth Street and go one block to North Street (Route 903), where it will make a left turn. The line of march will travel down North Street to Fifth Street, turn left onto Fifth Street and proceed to Center Street, where it will turn right and proceed to Second Street, where it will disband.

After the parade, buses will shuttle parade participants back to Memorial Park, where there will be awards and refreshments for all of the parade participants.

Donations to help defray the costs of the parade will be accepted by the Lions Club along the parade route.

Anyone interested in participating or donating can contact Jim Trainer, 570-325-4104.

About the grand marshal

Sheehan, 50, is a lifetime resident of the county-seat community, having graduated from its high school in 1983.

He spent nine years in the banking industry before taking a position in the county Controller’s Office in 1992, leaving there upon being elected county treasurer in 2001.

Previously, he served years on the Jim Thorpe Borough Council; was secretary of the Memorial Park Commission and the Planning and Civil Service commissions, both in Jim Thorpe; and is the current secretary of the Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame.

An integral part of the Carbon County Ancient Order of Hibernians, he is a charter member and its first treasurer, and is a founder of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, having served as its grand marshal in 2007 and being named Hibernian of the Year in 2004.

Sheehan is president of the Evergreen Cemetery board of directors; vice chairman of the board of directors of the Jim Thorpe National Bank; and executive director of the Asa Packer Mansion, a post he has held since 1996.

The grand marshal is a 28-year member of the Jim Thorpe Lions Club, a past treasurer of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society, past president and treasurer of the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club, and co-chaired the Community Nurse Program and the World War I and World War II Monuments Restoration Committees.

Decorating contest

The Lions Club will also sponsor a “Halloween House-Decorating Contest” in conjunction with the parade. Gift card prizes will be awarded to homeowners whose properties are judged the best in three categories — Best Theme, Scariest and Most Original.

Property owners planning to participate must register to be considered for prizes. Registration for the home-decorating contest will be accepted until Wednesday.

To register, visit Halloween.jimthorpenews.com or call Jim Trainer at 570-325-4104. They will be asked to provide their name, address, telephone number and whether or not they plan to use lights in their decorating.

Judging will take place on Thursday until 7 p.m. Winners will be notified by telephone on Friday.

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2015 House Decorating Contest

Get into the spirit of Halloween and show off your house!

House decorating contest for Jim Thorpe borough residents. Judging will be October 22. Prizes will be awarded for originality, best theme, overall. Call 570-325 4104 to register. Please leave a name, address, phone number and tell us if your display has lights or not. Winners will be notified by phone.

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2015 Halloween Parade Date set!

The 21st Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade will be Sunday, Oct. 25 starting at Jim Thorpe High School at 4 p.m.

To register your company or group to participate in the parade, please complete this form and be sure to include a contact phone number and e-mail address.

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Halloween house decorating contest planned

The Jim Thorpe Lions Club, in conjunction with the 20th annual Halloween Parade, will sponsor a Halloween house decorating contest. Property owners must register in order to be considered for prizes.

The Lions Club will present prizes of $75, $50 and $25 gift cards to the Jim Thorpe Market to homeowners whose properties are judged the best in 3 categories.

Judging will take place between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 23.

The categories are:
Theme: judges will select best storyline or scene
Originality: judges will select the most unique design and creative use of lights and decorations
Overall: the property deemed the best presentation overall

Registration will be accepted until Oct. 22. To register, homeowners can complete this form or call Jim Trainer at (570) 325-4104. Participants must provide their name, address, telephone number and whether or not they plan to use lights.

Winners will be notified  by phone on Oct. 24.

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Halloween Parade celebrates 20 years

The Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade is 20 years old this year and we hope you will help us celebrate!

The parade is Sunday, October 26, 2014. New this year is the “House Decorating Contest!” Details will be announced later but generally homes within the Borough will be judged on how creatively they decorate their homes with a Halloween theme. There will be 3 prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Groups and businesses that have participated in the parade over the years include:

Fire companies, Brownies, Boy Scouts, schools, sports, dance teams, animal shelters, storage facilities, police, political parties, elected officials, campgrounds and chorus groups.

Special thank you to our major sponsors who help pay the cost to have marching bands in our parade: Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank, Mauch Chunk Trust Company, and Kresge Electric.

Please click here to register your group, business, or organization to join us for the 20th Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade. It’s free and it’s fun!

Logistics:

  • Start time: 4:00 from Jim Thorpe Area High School, 1 Olympian Way, Jim Thorpe
  • Line-up time: 3:00
  • Parade will go down Center St to Ninth and over to North Street
  • Viewing stand at St Joseph’s Church with judges for best group and best float
  • Turn on 2nd to Center St. for disbanding
  • Buses will take parade participants to Memorial Hall for awards and snacks including candy for the kids who participate

 

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19th Annual Halloween Parade Line-up

Parade day is almost here! It’s Sunday, Oct. 27 and starts at 4 p.m. Line-up is at 3 p.m. at the High School.

Here’s the line-up:
DIVISION I

1.1              Jim Thorpe Police Department & Mayor Sofranko
1.2              Dolan – Jones-  Martino Post 304: American Legion Jim Thorpe
1.3              Grand Marshall – Francis C. O’Donnell
1.4              Jim Thorpe Lions Club
1.5              PA Girl Scout Troop 30134 “Girl Scout are ‘Pow’erful”
1.6              Carbon County Lion/Lioness 2013 Fair Queen and Court
1.7              Jim Thorpe High School Band “The Marching Dead”
1.8              Committee to Elect Doyle Heffley
1.9              Cub Pack 138 “Miners”
1.10            Jim Thorpe National Bank “You’re in Paradise when you bank at JTNB”             DIVISION II
2.1                 Jim Thorpe Fire Department
2.2                 East Mauch Chunk Eatery
2.3                 Girl Scout Troop #34029 “Sticking with Girl Scouts”
2.4                 Bowmanstown Fire Company
2.5                 Available Storage
2.6                 Dance Explosion “Thriller:
2.7                 Carbon County Republicans
2.8                 Girl Scouts of Nesquehoning – “We Go Batty for Girls Scouts
2.9                 Our Lady of the Angels Academy Band – Batman Theme
2.10               Carbon County Democrats
2.11               Carbon C.A.R.T.
2.12               Carbon County Friends of Animals
2.13               Mauch Chunk Motorheads
DIVISION III
3.1              Daisy & Girl Scouts 30138 “The Brownie Story”
3.2              Committee to Elect Jean Papay
3.3              Rendano Family Cinderella & Prince Charming
3.4              Perseverance Jazz Band
3.5              Daisy Girl Scout Troop 30133 “Helping Our Daisies Grow”
3.6              Stepps Hauling & Recycling
3.7              Dollar & More Horror Float
3.8              Girl Scout Troops 34092 & 30137
3.9              Forks of the Delaware Shriner’s Club – Tin Lizzies
3.10            Class of 1964
3.11            Juke Box Cruisers Car Club
3.12            Santa Claus

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The 19th Annual Parade is Sunday Oct. 27

We’re planning the 19th annual community Halloween parade and hope that you and your business or organization will participate. Groups that have participated over the years include:

Fire companies, Brownies, Boy Scouts, schools, sports, dance teams, animal shelters, storage facilities, police, political parties, elected officials, campgrounds and chorus groups.

Please click here to register your group, business, or organization to join us for the 19th Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade. It’s free and it’s fun!

Logistics:

  • Start time: 4:00 from Jim Thorpe Area High School, 1 Olympian Way, Jim Thorpe
  • Line-up time: 3:00
  • Parade will go down Center St to Ninth and over to North Street
  • Channel 13 will be at the Bott Building taping the parade
  • Viewing stand at St Joseph’s Church with judges for best group and best float
  • Turn on 2nd back on Center for disbanding
  • Buses will take parade participants to Memorial Hall for awards and snacks including candy for the kids who participate

 

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2012 Parade has a new date!

The 2012 Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade has a new day — Saturday! This will allow us to plan for a rain date which will be the following Sunday. So, please get your best ghoulish costumes ready to march down North St. and scare the fun out of the community!
Click here to register!

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