Frontenac streets were filled with princesses, dragons, Spidermen and other superheroes and cowboys Friday as youngsters from Frank Layden Elementary School had their annual Halloween parade.

Frontenac streets were filled with princesses, dragons, Spidermen and other superheroes and cowboys Friday as youngsters from Frank Layden Elementary School had their annual Halloween parade.

“We’ve got about 440 students in the parade, and they’ve also got some preschoolers in there,” said Dr. Dale Slagle, Frontenac USD 249 superintendent of schools.

“The kids look forward to this every year,” added Julie Curran, second grade teacher. “We’ve got them all divided by grade levels, and each has a banner. We hadn’t had banners in the last few years, and it got a little confusing. This makes a little gap between the grades, and I think it’s better for people taking photos.”

There was a lot of that going on.

“This is a big deal for the kids and for the community,” Curran said. “There are always crowds along the streets.”

Children walked to Crawford Street, then went on McKay before heading back to school on Cayuga. Frontenac Police and Fire Departments guarded the parade route.

“I have three grandchildren in this parade so I can’t miss it,” said Wendy Handshy.

“It’s fun and the kids are so excited,” added Laura Handshy. “My daughter is in third grade this year and she’s been excited for weeks.”

Slagle said he was excited to see the creative costumes.

“I saw a Smurf in there,” the superintendent said.

Then there was Tucker Jameson from Kathy  Clark’s first grade class. He likes the Kansas City Chiefs, so he dressed up in a Chief’s outfit. Isabelle Adams, in the same class, was a pink leopard.

“I’m a spider countess,” said Trinity Lohrmeyer, also in Clark’s class. “I just thought it looked cool and scary. Last year I was the Red Queen.”

Dwayne Taylor’s kindergarten class was invaded by a zombie bride in a lovely handmade lace dress. On normal days she’s Annie Lee.

“Annie chose this,” said her mother, Brandi Lee. “She told me that she wanted to be a zombie bride, so I just made costume for her.”

“I didn’t recognize her when she walked in,” Taylor said. “She scared me.”