A huge crowd turned out for the Village of Galena’s Halloween Costume Contest. Everyone enjoyed donuts, cider and all the creative costumes. Children received ribbons and commemorative coins. Judges chose winners in five categories.
In the 0-4 year-olds category, winners were StarLynn Tucker as a fairy (first place); Ty Unterbrink as a worker guy (second place); and Grace Howitz as a lady bug (third place).
In the 5-8 year-olds category, winners were Destiny Osborne as a girl in a storm (first place); Rosie Hartzler as Toothless the dragon (second place); and, Gracie Loutzenhiser as a cowgirl (third place).
In the 9-12 year-olds category, winners were Garrett Osborne as SpongeBob SquarePants (first place); Luke Morrison as Popeye (second place); and, Grant Fuller as a werewolf (third place).
In the 13-years-and-up category, winners were Christopher Underwood as a Pop Rocks Star (first place); Stephanie Varela and Anna Underwood as Nerds candy (second place); and, Bethany Perry as a fawn (third place).
In the Groups category, there was a tie for first place. Winners were, from left to right Bert and Ammie Morrison as Mary Poppins and Bert the chimney sweep and Luke, Bert and Adalye Morrison as Popeye, Bluto, and Sweet Pea from Popeye the Sailor Man. Second place went to Rachael and Gabriel Vance as Dorothy and the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. The Buettner family of Amelia, Tagan (holding Luke) and Steven (holding Emmet) earned third place as Star Wars characters.
A huge thank you goes to Melinda Simmons, Mary Brooks, Mayor Thomas Hopper, Village staff, our judges, and other volunteers. Thanks to Journey Fellowship for hosting games, family pictures, hay rides, marshmallows around a campfire, and distributing candy. BST&G firefighters also brought a fire truck and handed out candy. The Delaware County Sheriff also handed out candy. Galena’s Zoar Rebekkah Lodge members distributed bags of candy, too.