Selma Monster March a success

Published 10:00 am Saturday, November 4, 2023

The City of Selma came alive on Oct. 31 with the city’s beloved Monster March, a longstanding Halloween tradition that has brought the community together for costumes, crafts and fun, for over four decades.  

The festivities kicked off at the Dallas County Public Library, where participants gathered to register for the costume contest and indulge in some Halloween-themed crafts. 

Library Director, Ms. Becky, spoke about the library’s involvement in the longstanding celebration. 

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“It’s an old event that we’ve celebrated for a long time. It’s all about focusing the kids on the enjoyment of our community and coming together” Ms. Becky said.

As the clock struck four, ghouls, goblins, superheroes and more, left the library and began parading down Broad Street, making their way towards City Hall. The area around City Hall was transformed into a monster village, complete with a range of local food trucks. 

Live music added to the festive atmosphere and hayrides and games provided entertainment for children and adults alike. There was also an abundance of candy, providing treats, not tricks, for kids of all ages. 

What made this event truly special was the incredible support it received from various local organizations and individuals. The event was sponsored by the City of Selma, the Selma High School Alumni Association, Selma City Schools and Selma High School itself. 

Local businesses, restaurants, fraternities and high school auxiliaries also participated. Even School Superintendent Zickeyous Byrd got into the Halloween spirit, setting up a table and handing out treats to attendees. There was even a special performance by Selma High School’s Band of the Blue. 

At 5 pm, the winners of the costume contest were announced but this wasn’t the end of the celebration. Following the Monster March, the crowd moved over to the Selma High School cafeteria for Saint or Treat, where vendors handed out candy to eager trick or treaters and local restaurants like McDonald’s and Jack’s served food.