It started out like every parade. Tractors, fire trucks, horses. Kids with smiles all around. But then, as the Dundas Haunted House group approached, I saw the smiles on those kid's faces drop; and watched as many of them hid behind their parents in fear.
I'd like to have published something that I think many parents were thinking at that moment: the costumes that this group was wearing were far too frightening for kids. I understand that many people enjoy haunted houses - but there is a time and a place for that (more specifically, adults - or teenagers, at least - who are looking to be scared and who choose to enter such a house). Children who are watching a parade and who just want to fill their bags with candy and Mr. Freezies should not see something that will give them nightmares.
It is a given that the audience of our Cannon Falls 4th of July parade is going to include many children, and I think the organizers of the parade next year need to keep that in mind and ensure that every participant in the procession is appropriate.