Thanks to a kindly Mother Nature, the Halloween costume contest and parade on Tuesday, Oct. 31, was a great success with spectacular costumes from many Islanders. The late Christine Jorgensen-Hanson, who originated the Halloween Parade on City Island decades ago, would have been proud to see the wonderful turnout, now sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

The 45th Precinct did a terrific job making sure everything went smoothly, and photographers were everywhere capturing the incredible costumes. The Chamber is also grateful to the Island businesses for their support and for supplying prizes for our winners, to Island residents who gave out candy, and to the judges who awarded prizes for the most outstanding costumes (a very difficult task, indeed).

The judges were Cheryl Brinker, Laura Quagliarello, Elaine Belasco, Jo Heck and Maria Caruso, and they awarded prizes in several different categories. The most original costume was the Ghost Family, featuring Jasmin Camarena, and the best group were the Evil Jesters, featuring Norman Stewart. The cutest infant was definitely Fiona, the Little Lamb, and the scariest costume was worn by the Headless Butler (Luca Mazzeo). Two dogs were awarded prizes: Turkey dog, Jelly Ciarletta, and Prisoner Banks “the dog” McGuire  The most difficult to maneuver costume was definitely the Ghillie suit worn by Travis Prohaska. Honorable mentions were awarded to the Mad Hatter and Family, featuring Samantha, and Captain Hook, Peter Pan, and the Baby Pirate — otherwise known as the Moore family.