Calling all ghosts and ghouls:

There's a spooky parade returning to New Bedford that you won't want to miss, so grab your costumes and your walking shoes.

The 53rd annual South End Halloween Costume Parade will return after a two-year hiatus on Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. The parade will start at Hazelwood Park and march to Clegg Field off of Brock Avenue. This event will include candy, hot cocoa and a costume competition for all ages.

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Suit up because prizes for best costume will be presented to all participants. To add to the ambiance of the night, Halloween music will be provided by Maxwell Kane of Maxwell Kane Music.

Oh, and of course, the New Bedford Fire Department will have a truck there as well.

“This will be a great event for the youth of our community, where they’ll be given candies, treats, hot cocoa and prizes for the best costumes," New Bedford City Council President Ian Abreu said. "Participating children will also be able to climb onto a New Bedford Fire Department fire truck apparatus, too."

Support is provided by the Committees to Elect Ian Abreu and Ryan Pereira, the Clark’s Point Neighborhood Association, New Bedford Firefighters IAFF Local 841, Local 385, Bass Reddy Rooter and Dunkin'. The New Bedford Police Department, New Bedford Fire Department, New Bedford Emergency Management and Department of Public Infrastructure are providing assistance.

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