Every school loves a parade

They didn't receive treats from merchants this year, but Nisswa Elementary School students appeared to have a fun time walking downtown in their Halloween costumes

Blake Foy (left), William Kottke and William Schmitz parade through downtown Nisswa. A sign of the times is Kottke, who dressed up as hand sanitizer. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

Main Street in Nisswa was full of cars and people by 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, but it wasn't for any crazy day sales or running events this time.

As they do each year, Nisswa Elementary School students donned their Halloween costumes to participate in their annual parade through downtown, and families were on hand to take pictures. The parade occurred in the morning, rather than the usual afternoon time, and merchants weren't able to give the princesses, skeletons, witches and more treats this year.

Students were able to start their trek by venturing through a spookhouse, courtesy of BlackRidgeBANK. Instead of going through the bank lobby though, they walked through an outside tent this year.

And they did get treats upon their return to school, courtesy of area businesses and the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce.


Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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