The Halloween Parade featured lots of creepy characters like this one, behind the wheel of a black GTO decorated with skulls. Who was this masked man?Photo: Denise Civiletti

Riverhead’s Halloween Festival drew hundreds of people downtown Saturday for spooky family fun, starting with the crowd-pleasing coffin races (see photos and video here), continuing with trick-or-treating along Main Street and culminating in an after-dark costume parade and performances.

There was a large turnout for the parade, which always lures a big crowd of costumed Halloween revelers, who line both sides of the street to take in the floats and street performers.

After the parade, the crowd gathered at the town showmobile, set up in the First Street parking lot, behind the Suffolk County Culinary Arts building, where they were greeted by Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar and treated to performances by Peconic Ballet Theatre dancers, EA Rocks (musicians who study at the East End Arts school) and Mark MK, who also emceed the festival events.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Denise Civiletti

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Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.