Winner for the Cutest Costume at the 2011 Halloween Parade was Emma Ruiz (photo above left). Winner for the Original Costume at the 2011 Halloween Parade (center photo) was Dalton Lowe. Winner for the Scariest Costume at the 2011 Halloween Parade was Madeleine Cookson (above right).

Optimist Club Halloween Parade draws hundreds of costumed kids

November 23, 2011
Santa Paula News

Hundreds of Santa Paula children showed up Saturday to take part in the annual Halloween Parade, an event that spooked the sponsoring Optimist Club when they feared they might have to cancel the procession. But the crowd of goblins, princesses, super heroes and witches were able to parade due to donations by Mayor Fred Robinson and Councilman Jim Tovias, who contributed the approximately $600 cost to cover newly imposed city fees. Robinson and Tovias were on hand Saturday when the children and parents marched, led by a Santa Paula Police vehicle and followed by the Isbell Middle School Band. 

Joan and Frank Brommenschenkel of Ventura were in the crowd of onlookers. “It’s my first time at the Halloween Parade,” and Joan said she was prompted to attend “because of the close call it had. I think the city should pay for these things for the community, especially as these groups always donate so much” to city programs and other nonprofit projects and activities. 

The Brommenschenkels were among a small group of people standing on the corner of East Main and Davis streets who applauded and cheered as the costumed children passed, and Joan said she wished more spectators would get involved in showing the youngsters their appearance was appreciated.

Bill Grant said the Kiwanis Club was handing out candy to all the children who took part in the procession when it ended at Veterans Memorial Park. 

The club, he noted, “spends hundreds of dollars each year” to make sure each child who marches in the parade gets a sweet. And if there is any candy left over, Grant said it is donated to the city recreation department for the annual Halloween trick-or-treat event held at the Community Center.

Costumes were prejudged before the parade at Ebell Park so winners could take their rightful place and show off their prizes as they marched. Winners were: 

Grand Prize - Cutest, Emma Ruiz; Scariest, Madeleine Cookson; Most Original, Dalton Lowe.

Group - 1st Place Flintstones; 2nd Little Red Ridinghood; Honorable Mention, Ortega Family.

Pre School - 1st Place Kelley Landeros; 2nd Sierra Lindsey; 3rd Malia Maynard.

Kindergarten -1st Place Alexis Flores; 2nd Annalise Rodriquez; 3rd Dalton Partee.

1st Grade - 1st Place Mathew Ruiz and Emma Ruiz; 2nd Romelia Richman.

2nd Grade - 1st Place Mya Hernandez; 2nd Carlos Lopez; 3rd Neftaly Mesa.

3rd Grade - 1st Place Dalton Lowe; 2nd Selena Hernandez; 3rd Megan Lowe.

4th Grade - 1st Place Madeleine Cookson; 2nd Julia Fernandez; 3rd Evan Holt.

5th & 6th Grade - 1st Place Zack Lowe; 2nd Anna Lowe; 3rd Esmeralda Pereyda.

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