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Children parade their colorful Halloween costumes in downtown Jonesboro

Steven Tran, 5, dressed as a police officer for the Jonesboro United Methodist Preschool costume parade Thursday. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

Steven Tran, 5, dressed as a police officer for the Jonesboro United Methodist Preschool costume parade Thursday. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Joshua Cheeks, 5, was a firefighter for the day at Jonesboro United Methodist Preschool Thursday. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Four-year-old Vivian Thompson, as Cinderella, was one of several princesses in the Jonesboro United Methodist Preschool costume parade this week. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Austin Le, 4, was featured in his Iron Man costume during the annual JUMP parade at Jonesboro United Methodist Preschool. Some 50 youngsters took part. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Garrett Daniel, 6, completed his Eddie Munster costume with his trademark teddy Thursday, during a costume parade at Jonesboro United Methodist Preschool. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

JONESBORO — Several children were impressed by the level of attention they received as they paraded around the block on the historic downtown street.

The youngsters smiled and waved through their colorful costumes as onlookers observed the parade. Meanwhile, camera-wielding parents scampered about the front lawn to get a clear shot of their little ones.

Jonesboro United Methodist Preschool, based out of Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, hosted its annual JUMP Parade Thursday. It featured 50 children, ages 1-6, from the preschool program.

“It’s just a chance for them to dress up, be seen and feel special for a day,” said JUMP Director Joanne Maples.

Maples said the children enjoy taking the lunch-time walk around the block each year as they prepare for Oct. 31 fall festivities.

The children wore their favorite costumes — policemen, firefighters, baseball players and princesses. Children were also dressed as toy trains, insects, and marine animals. Popular costumes included Superman, Spider-man, Iron Man and a new favorite Doc McStuffins.

Maples said the preschool program strives to involve its children in several community activities such as the paraded. She said JUMP and its children are planning to host a Veterans Day celebration Nov. 11.