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Thousands flock to this year's Allentown Halloween Parade

Allentown Halloween Parade 2016 (Kyle Rogers, WFMZ)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Allentown Halloween Parade attracted more than 8,000 people on Sunday, according to organizers.

Claimed to be the longest running Halloween parade in the country, more than 50 organizations brought the Halloween spirit to the city.

This year's theme was titled "Game On!"

Daniel Brown of Allentown and his family sat along Hamilton Street to watch the floats and marchers.

"It's my hometown," said Brown. "I've been coming here since I was a kid."

Brown said a lot of people were checking out his 3-year-old dog, Oscar, who donned a Tigger costume while his son.

"People love him," said Brown. "He's a good dog. He likes to run out and get the candy."

Several area high school marching bands performed, too, which reminded Alexis Ruth of her days in high school.

"It's like, I look at it and I think of the memories," said Ruth of Bethlehem. "I miss doing it. It was fun.

Ruth said being in a marching band isn't as easy at it looks.

"It's very hard because you have to keep like the same step and it's like, oh my gosh, and sometimes I would get out of step," Ruth said.

Several children lined the streets with empty bags before the parade hoping to fill it up with candy as marchers passed them.

Leah Benware was ready to go and offered a tip to get the best candy offered at the parade.

"You pick it up fast and you like put them in your bucket when you pick them up," said the young Benware.

The parade entrants were judged on their theme. The best float won $500.00 and the best marchers received $300.00.

Christy Alvord of Allentown city's Recreation and Events department said the parade has been held ever year since 1912.

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