Halloween honors galore for costumes, floats, tricks and treats

Photo by Diana Vachon
The neighborhood float “Ocean in Motion” (above) organized by Katie Natale won best float in Sunday’s parade.


Last weekend was a Halloween extravaganza in Shelburne with multiple opportunities for folks to put their costume creativity to the test.

The annual Halloween parade organized by the Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg Rotary drew a crowd despite the threatening weather. The holiday highlight on Sunday was followed by the costume contest, games and treats at the town center and fire station.

Shelburne Museum had its Haunted Happenings with trick-or-treaters scampering all over the grounds and Vermont Teddy Bear sponsored a Halloween-themed fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Vermont.

All of this wouldn’t be complete without contests, of course.


Float-builders for Sunday’s parade were rewarded of course. Winners in the float contest were:

• First prize ($80): Ocean in Motion by Katie Natale’s neighborhood group.

• Second prize ($60): The Universe of Learning by Vermont Day School.

• Third prize ($40): Click It or Ticket with thanks to Al Fortin by Pat Kingsland and group.

• Fourth prize ($20) Girls Rock by Amy Knight and Girl Scout Troop 30561.

Photo by Lee Krohn
Right, Vermont Teddy Bear hosted a Halloween fundraiser for Vermont Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Shelburne Parks and Recreation hosted the official costume contest on Sunday with prizes supplied by the Shelburne Country Store.

More than 100 people of all ages participated in categories from pre-k to adult. Those winners were:

Pre-K/Kindergarten: Ben Gratz as Willie Nelson, most original; fairy princess Shreya Raj as prettiest; Cole Ruiz as a Jedi for scariest; Tessa Sivo as Rainbow Dash for most colorful; and Ezra Gratz took funniest as mac and cheese.

First and Second Grades: Claw Machine Quinn Graham was most original; Gracie Albers as Princess Celestia was prettiest; scarecrow Ben Silva was scariest; Rafi as King Tut took most colorful; and the funniest was Asa Jorgenson as the Cat in the Hat.

Third and Fourth Grades: Headless scientist Anderson LeBlanc was most original; prettiest was golden angel Orly Nathan; vampire Kenzi Weston was scariest; most colorful went to salt shaker Sydney Hoehl; Leo Denenberg’s “error/no costume” was funniest.

Fifth and sixth grades: Inkling Luke Albers won most original; Katherine Watts’ version of Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and olive trees was prettiest; skate alien Evan Graham was scariest; Grace Warrington’s phoenix was most colorful; Farhan Hinkle as a t-rex dinosaur funniest.

Grade seven to adult: Allie and Micki Lazar as Mary Poppins and Bertwere most original; Mama Bear Shannon Simmons was cutest; Matt Silva as Bane, the Batman villain, scariest; Kayln Sartelle’s Veronica from Riverdale was most colorful; and Superman

Nick Dabuc was funniest.

Groups/Families: The LeBlanc family as the centaurs of attention were most original; the Mercieca family as the lion, tin man, Dorothy and scarecrow nailed cutest; Bella and Marjule Smith snagged scariest with their voodoo witch doctor and killer peacock; the most colorful went to the McBride family who were the Bees (hive, honey and keepers); and the funniest honor went to the Calcagni family as the Red Sox baseball family.

Photo by Betsy Cieplicki
The Mercieca family won most original group costume.

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