COOLIDGE — Everyone from Batman to Pennywise the clown gathered at the Kenilworth Sports Complex on Thursday evening to enjoy a Halloween filled with fun activities, candy and a few good scares.
The Halloween Carnival is put on each year by the Coolidge Parks and Recreation Department as a fun and safe way for area children and their families to celebrate the much anticipated October holiday.
A number of community organizations set up activity booths at the park, such as the Coolidge Transit Department and the Coolidge Public Library, providing attendees with games they could partake in and plenty of candy to enjoy.
This year’s event also featured a haunted Cotton Express bus, decorated and organized by the Coolidge Transit Department. Brave souls had the opportunity to pay one of the tokens that had been distributed throughout the evening to board the bus if they dared.
As part of the annual Halloween Carnival tradition, Parks and Recreation also sponsored several contests, including best costumes, best booth and best carved pumpkin.
Coolidge Transit was selected as having the best booth at this year’s event. Six individuals from several different age groups were also recognized for their creative costume selections.
Winning contestants in the age group of group of 0-2 were Cameron Ellis and Kynslee Bresnick, first place; Blaze Salazar and Isla Wainscott, 2nd place; and Benny Rodriquez and Kinsley Wildermuth, third place.
For those ages 3-5, the judges ruled that the best costumes were donned by Thomas Wildermuth and Natalie Rast, first place; Ryan Wainscott and Taylor, second place; and Dean Watt, third place.
Winners between the ages of 6-8 were Liam Butera and Alexa and Sophia Sainz, first place; Joseph Rast and Zaedyn Gonzales, 2nd place; and Byrsen Bresnick and Kadynce Blank, third place.
In first place in the group of ages 9-12 was Gavin Molina and Dariatna Elizarraraz, in second place was Andre Sigmon and Alexandra Lorona, and in third place was Isiah Street and Katie Juneau.
For contestants between the age of 13-16 the winners were Robert Ortiz and Lahly Seaman, first place, and Jorge Alvarez and Ahmi Seaman, second place.
In the adult category, those ages 17 and over, winning contestants were Alissa Berry, first place; Christopher Fleshman, second place; and Edward Montijo, third place.
During the carnival, pumpkin contests winners also named. They were:
1st place — Dedrick Juneau
2nd place — Dave Eich
3rd place — Maria Arredondo