Spooks and ghouls invade Holmes Beach

There was a wide range of costumes, many of them homemade. - Tom Vaught | Sun

The parking lot at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce looked like a nightmare Saturday as ghosts, monsters and some odd creatures gathered around. Judges decided who were the scariest and most original. So went the start of Anna Maria Elementary School’s Fall Festival.

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Students marched in the parade behind classroom banners, like Mrs. Costanzo’s Creepy Crawlies. – Tom Vaught | Sun

After the judging, the kids lined up behind their classroom banners for the parade to the Holmes Beach City Hall field for presentation of the awards with fun and games afterward.

This annual event has been going on for years and it was recently modified to limit the exposure the kids had to traffic by changing the parade destination from the school to the field.

The field had bounce houses, a water slide, food, refreshments and a number of games sponsored by the classrooms and staffed by parents for kids to play. It’s a fundraiser for the PTO.