Del Ray Halloween Parade: Best Decorated Stroller, House, and Dog Costume Winners!

October 31, 2018 1:45 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
Halloween-212     Superheroes, ghosts, goblins, the T.C. Williams Zombie Band, and scores of decked-out strollers and pets in costume marched down Mount Vernon Avenue for the 22nd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade on Oct. 28.  

   A record number of marchers -- cheered on by thousands lining the Avenue -- was led by Mount Vernon Community School fourth grader Noa Hottin.  Blind since birth and selectively mute, Noa hadn’t spoken at school for three years when he moved to Alexandria at age six, and struggled to connect with Braille in English.  Three years later, he is now the reigning national champion of his age group in the 2018 Braille Challenge, sponsored by the Braille Institute.

   “Noa represents who we are as a school.  He is an example of our diversity,  appreciation for culture and languages, and the resilience of our students,” said Mount Vernon Community School principal Liza Burrell-Aldana. “The work done with Noa's  family is also a clear example of the benefits of establishing a strong home-school partnership.  When that partnership is solid, together,  we are able to help our students achieve to their fullest potential. I am very proud of him.”

   As part of the parade festivities, the Del Ray Business Association presented awards for best stroller, best pet costume, best decorated business, and best decorated house. 

 The winners (Photos by Will Niccolls Photography and The Zebra Press):

Stroller Competition
Sponsored by Bobi Bomar & Ellen Patrick Homes of Alexandria

Less is More: Fried Chicken in a Frying Pan

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Most Creative: Around the World in Eight Blocks

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Best Group: Three Little Pigs

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Most Humorous: Batman and Robbie's Friends

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Best Overall: RTPU Trash Monster

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Best Pet Costumes
Sponsored by Your Dog's Best Friends

How Could You Do This To Me?: Strawberry Shortcakes

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Best Team: Costco hot dog and Costco-loving family

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Most Creative: Witches Brew

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Vola Lawson Best in Show: Mummy Doxie 

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Best Decorated House

Sponsored by The Jen Walker Team

Visit to visit the top 10 houses!

People's Choice Award and Judges' Choice, 2nd Place: 4 W. Custis Ave.

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Judges' Choice, 1st Place: 307 East Clifford Ave.

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People's Choice Runner up and Judges' Choice, 3rd Place: 25 W. Mt Ida Ave.

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Judges' Choice, Honorable Mention: 26 Forrest Street

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   Held each year on the Sunday before Halloween, the Del Ray Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. 

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