A lot of cute and some scary things were out and about during Halloween. The day started with the Halloween Parade down Main Street with hundreds of kids showing off their costumes. (Left photo) the overall winners of Halloween Costume judging were (left) Justin Hernandez as a “Mad Scientist” holding some creepy stuff (center) the Ortega Family “Goldilocks and the 3 Bears” (right) Madeleine Cookson as the “Bride of Frankenstein.” (Right Photo) this unidentified clown (you can see why) wandered down Main Street just looking scary.

Hundreds of Santa Paula’s finest goblins to princesses march in Halloween Parade

November 04, 2009
Santa Paula News
By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula TimesHundreds of Santa Paula’s finest goblins, princesses, witches, cowboys, space heroes, queens, puppy dogs, cats, and other creatures that go bump in the night paraded down Main Street Saturday for the 20th Annual Optimist Club Halloween Parade, where kids dressed up in all matters of costumes showed their - at times - scary stuff.The only thing that stopped the paraders in their tracks was when they passed the Odd Fellows Lodge and Clock Tower, where ghoulish decorations, lights and sound effects warranted the pause and a mouth-opened glance. Kids - and plenty of good-natured adults - marched from Ebell Park to Veterans Park, where they received candy treats courtesy of the Santa Paula Kiwanis Club.“I’ve been to every parade,” said Santa Paula Police Sergeant Jimmy Fogata, who pointed out the SPPD Citizens Patrol was leading the procession, “the first time they’ve ever been able to lead the parade,” in a blue and white Community Services car holding Reserve Alan Hernandez and CP Martha Brown.Barbara Webster School had a strong showing, with cheerleaders and its Bobcat Drill Team followed by the winners in each grade category. Mayor Ralph Fernandez was seen leading a little princess along the route jammed with spectators, who cheered as the kids strolled by. The Isbell Middle School Band brought up the rear playing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” a Halloween classic also heard on several boom boxes that blared the distinctive tune along the parade route.
Winners of the 20th Annual Optimist Club Halloween Parade were: the Ortega Family, which garnered the Cutest Award for their furry depiction of Goldilocks and the Three Bears; Scariest went to the terrifyingly attractive “Bride of Frankenstein” Madeleine Cookson; and Most Original was mad - we’re talking really bonkers! - scientist Justin Hernandez.Other big winners per grade division were: Preschool, 1st Layne Allen, 2nd Adam Lopez, 3rd Andrew Macias; Kindergarten, 1st Maya Love Hernandez,2nd Jonathan Perez, 3rd Devon Antolin; 1st Grade, 1st Megan Lowe, 2nd Diana Perez, 3rd Eneding Hernandez; 2nd Grade, 1st Madeline Cookson, 2nd Bella Hernandez, 3rd Alex Rodriquez; 3rd Grade, 1st Justin Hernandez, 2nd Vanessa Luna, 3rd Tylo Medrano; 4th Grade, 1st Teddy Arellano, 2nd Julio Icelo, 3rd Diana Meza; 5th & 6th Grade, 1st Gabriel Ortage, 2nd Zack Lowe, 3rd Natalie Aguirre. In the Group Category 1st was the Ortega Family, 2nd the McKaig Family and 3rd the Arenas Family.

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