Chrisman holds Halloween celebration in City Park
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The City of Chrisman turned into ‘Halloweentown’ this past weekend as members of the community gathered in City Park to celebrate the spooky holiday.
Scare on the Square kicked off the celebration on October 21st and 22nd with their annual haunted house to raise money for the Chrisman Public Library. The haunted attraction remained open on October 28th and 29th for those who didn’t attend opening weekend.
On October 29th, the Haunted Happenings began with the Halloween Parade. Participants were to line up at the Food Pantry and showed off their costumes as they walked around the square.
After the parade, attendance seemed to double as time got closer to the long awaited Costume Contest.
The Chrisman Area Community Club teamed up with the Chrisman First Farmers Branch to host the annual contest. A total of one hundred and forty-two people participated in the contest, spread out between the seven categories.
In the category of Children age two and under, Henry Brinkley took first place dressed as an airplane, followed by Jackson Eslinger as spaghetti and Cade Pluger as a Peterbuilt semi.
For Princesses and Fairies, Allana Reed took first place as a mermaid, followed by Carol Perryman as a red princess and Paisley LaGrand as a spiderweb princess.
Cartoon, Movie and TV Characters had thirty-three participants. Ava Miller took first place as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Bristyn Razmus followed as Cousin It and Kensley Johnson took third place as Jessie from Toy Story.
Witches, Monsters and Ghost was one of the smaller categories with just twelve participants. Charlie Miller placed first as a black and gold witch. Blaine Dailey’s mummy costume earned him second place and Claire Lorton took third dressed as a red witch.
The Group of two or more category came prepared with forty-one participants. Theresa Razmus, Tinley Ott and Molly Summers took first place as everyone’s favorite witches, the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus. Josh and Lorelai Alexander took second dressed as KFC. Addison Miller and Jody Thomas took third dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.
The Miscellaneous category is meant for everyone whose costume doesn’t have a specific category. First place went to Harvey Taylor dressed as a Cat 740. Huck Jenness took second as a Pilot and Colt Pluger rode his dinosaur into third place.
Halloween isn’t just for kids as the category for all ages thirteen and older had a total of thirteen participants. Anita Marvin took first place dressed as a Hippie. Payton Scott took second place as a Granny. Kim Adams brought her dog, Brownie and the duo took third place dressed as a witch and a bat.
The Halloween Committee decided to bring a new tradition to the Halloween festivities this year with the first Halloween Home/Yard Decorating Contest for the Chrisman area. Entries were judged on attractiveness, creativity and scale. The event was sponsored by Knight Insurance and John Quinn of Quinn Boneyard.
Submissions or nominations had a deadline of Tuesday, October 24th at 5:00 p.m. Entries included Kim Gore, Leslie Williamson, Laura Fidler, Ivin Gossett, The Shop, Val and Renee Prisecaru, Christ Christensen, Kelsey Potter and Blake Bristow and Lisa Russel.
The first place winner of $100 was Val and Renee Prisecaru. Second place of $50 went to Kelsey Potter and Blake Bristow. Third place of $25 went to Heather Watters of The Shop.
The Chrisman Junior Class held a ‘Ghouls and Goblins Food Tent’ for the hungry patrons. Menu items included hamburgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, pulled pork, nachos, pretzels, chili and chips, along with a variety of drinks.
The Scare on the Square and American County Store hosted the pumpkin carving contest. Participants were to bring their already decorated pumpkins to the gazebo by 4:30 p.m. With judging at 5:00 p.m. Divisions included Scariest and Most Original with first through third places receiving prizes.