Town pride spills over at annual Frankford Fall Festival

Date Published: 
Oct. 27, 2017

Local children will march through the streets of Frankford on Saturday, Oct. 28, as the Frankford Fall Festival and costume parade returns to town.

The main festival will occur at Frankford Town Park from noon to 4 p.m., with a costume contest that morning at the fire hall, followed by a costume parade to the park.

“Spend time with your family and get to know your neighbor,” said organizer Robbie Murray. “We get positive feedback for all of our events, ‘What a great opportunity to see everybody!’”

Games and activities are being organized by the Envision Frankford coalition, which includes Town Hall, five nearby churches, and the library, fire department and its ladies’ auxiliary.

Kids can burn off some energy in the bounce house and on the park’s playground equipment. People can roll through town on firetruck rides and haywagon rides. The Christiana Care LifeNet helicopter will also make an appearance.

Admission and activities are all free. But some spare cash will let people shop with the vendors, who will be selling baked goods, produce and homemade soaps, along with the Taco Ladies, Hocker’s hamburgers and hotdogs, Rita’s Italian Ice and Antioch AME Church’s barbecue.

The day starts at the fire company parking lot (5 Main Street), with costume contest registration at 10:30 a.m. and judging at 11 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., families will parade up Clayton Avenue toward the playground.

“It’s an opportunity for the kids to walk in the parade and be seen by anybody that wants to line the streets,” said Murray, describing the individual and group costumes that families often create.

Costume prizes will be awarded at the park at 12:30 p.m., in various categories. For those 2 or younger and those ages 3 and 4, prizes will be awarded for Funniest, Most Original, Best Prince/Princess and Best Cartoon. Prizes for the Scariest, Funniest, Most Original and Most Realistic will be awarded in age groups of 5-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years.

“I think, with Envision Frankford, we have a lot of local organizations that have joined together with a desire to bring the community together,” said Murray.

There is one change to the 2017 festival: trick-or-treating will not be Saturday night after the festival. The Town has returned official Frankford trick-or-treating hours to Halloween night, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., like most other nearby towns.

Details about the festival are available online at or by calling Robbie Murray at (302) 236-9333.