RICHLAND VILLAGE - Saw Mill Park was filled with princesses, superheroes and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Saturday morning as families gathered to enjoy Richland Village’s Halloween Fun Day.
“This is our 12th annual Halloween Fun Day. It is a very nice small-town event,” said Buena Vista Township Mayor Chuck Chiarello. The fun day included games, hayrides, food and a Halloween costume parade.
Karoline Beddia, 3, came dressed as a firefighter. “She wants to be something different every day, so we let her choose her outfit from her dress-up chest,” said Kim Beddia, Karoline’s mother. “It’s the first year that she gets the whole trick-or-treat thing so we are trying to make the most of it,” said Beddia as Karolina played one of the various games that was set-up for the day.
Some of the costumes included:
• Two Elsa’s from “Frozen”
• Olaf from “Frozen”
• Two Screams, one that included a mask where “blood” could be pumped through
• Several Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
• Elena of Avalor
• Various superheroes that included, Superwoman, Captain America and at least two Spider-Mans.
After playing games and enjoying the food, the children were invited to participate in the Halloween Costume Parade. The children and their families paraded around the park twice, where several volunteers were stationed throughout to hand out candy.
Once the parade was over, the judges were given the impossible task of choosing winners not only for the Costume Parade but coloring contest as well.
As the visitors crowded around the gazebo to hear the winners announced, Chiarello asked if everyone was having a good time, to which the crowd enthusiastically yelled “Yes!”
The coloring contest was broken down into three age categories with the first-, second- and third-place winners being invited to choose their own prizes. After all the coloring contest winners had chosen their prizes, it was time for the winners of the Halloween Costume Parade to be announced.
Costumes were broken down into several categories. The winners were:
• Scariest costume: The Scream with the bloody mask
• Most creative costume: A Crash Dummy
• Ugliest costume: A swamp monster
• Cutest costume: A toddler dressed as a fuzzy pink monster
• Funniest costume: A monkey
• Prettiest costume: Princess Jasmine
For more information about Richland Village and its upcoming events, please visit http://www.buenavistanj.com/richland-village/.