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Hudson Valley Celebrates Halloween With Killer Costumes

Batman looks suspiciously like Elmsford Superintendent Joseph Ricca.
Batman looks suspiciously like Elmsford Superintendent Joseph Ricca. Photo Credit: Contributed
Hollywood Hulk Hogan roamed the halls of Yorktown High School on Halloween
Hollywood Hulk Hogan roamed the halls of Yorktown High School on Halloween Photo Credit: Barbara Nackman
Patti Rothberg dressed as Rod Stewart for Halloween.
Patti Rothberg dressed as Rod Stewart for Halloween. Photo Credit: Suzanne Rothberg
Tina Cornish-Lauria, Executive Director at CAREERS for People with Disabilities, Inc., and MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Executive
Tina Cornish-Lauria, Executive Director at CAREERS for People with Disabilities, Inc., and MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Executive Photo Credit: Lisa Kaslyn
Chick Galiella served as Grand Marshal of the Tarrytown Halloween Parade.
Chick Galiella served as Grand Marshal of the Tarrytown Halloween Parade. Photo Credit: Contributed
Ren Skura dressed as The Count for Halloween
Ren Skura dressed as The Count for Halloween Photo Credit: Andrea Rhodes
Therese Stanford as Cruella Deville.
Therese Stanford as Cruella Deville. Photo Credit: Contributed
Adam Rebillard as a beer can and Nicole Lopane as Cousin It on Halloween
Adam Rebillard as a beer can and Nicole Lopane as Cousin It on Halloween Photo Credit: Jeanne Rebillard
Yorktown had some sailors to celebrate Halloween.
Yorktown had some sailors to celebrate Halloween. Photo Credit: Barbara Nackman

It was quite the spooky day in the Hudson Valley Monday as Halloween saw the streets filled with ghosts, vampires, monsters and demons.

Helping to keep the peace in Elmsford was Batman, who showed up at the school's Halloween Parade looking suspiciously like Superintendent Joseph Ricca.

The superintendent promised students from  Alice E. Grady Elementary School and the Carl L. Dixson Primary School that he would march in costume if they managed to collect 200 cans of food for the local pantry, part of the district’s “Scare Away Hunger” campaign.

The idea for the initiative came from parent Jessi Lanza.

Students and their families did even better than that. They collected a total of 600 cans, all of which were donated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel pantry in Elmsford.

The classes that collected the most cans will earn a pizza party on Nov. 4.

“It was a super fun day for an amazing cause,” said Ricca. “I was happy to fulfill my end of the bargain, and we look forward to continuing the “Scare Away Hunger” campaign in the Elmsford Union Free School District next year.”

Tarrytown held its annual Halloween Parade, which featured Chick Galella, a World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor as the Grand Marshal.

Galella was dressed as Uncle Sam and rode in a car dressed up with Halloween mannequins.

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