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Parade, hay rides highlights of Tarentum’s revamped ‘Boo Festival’

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Thursday, October 11, 2018 9:39 a.m

Tarentum’s annual “Boo Festival” is going to be bigger and better this year.

The annual Boo Fest, in which kids would trick-or-treat from station to station in Riverview Memorial Park, had started getting “a little bit stale” and old, Councilwoman Carrie Fox said. And, for years, it has been driven into the borough building by bad weather.

“This year, the recreation board decided to expand into something bigger,” she said. “We wanted to change it up a little bit and make it into more of a festival.”

The new Boo Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20. Anyone is welcome, whether from Tarentum or not, Fox said.

It will kick off with a Halloween parade around the block. Kids ages 16 and under in costume should line up at the Carl J. Magnetta Amphitheater by 2:45 p.m. for the parade that starts at 3 p.m.

Costumes will be judged and gift certificate prizes will be given, Fox said.

Events will continue until 7 p.m. They include a magic show, storytelling, hay and train rides, a hay maze, pumpkin art and food.

Everything is free, except for the food — but kids in costume will get a free meal, Fox said.

Unlike past years, no advance registration is required.

The new festival could become an annual event.

“We’re hoping it goes off well. We’ll give it a try,” Fox said. “We’d like the town to come out and celebrate with us.”

Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701 or

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