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Rain Didn’t Make Belmar’s Annual Halloween Costume Contest Go Away

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Dressed as prizes inside The Claw Game, 11-month-old twins Aiden and Parker Gilrain, who’s extended family lives in Belmar, won top prize for best-overall in Belmar’s annual Halloween Costume Contest. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Nearly 100 children gathered for Belmar’s annual Halloween Costume Contest, including Erin Konsaluk, 7, of Ocean and Kelsey Ross, 7 of Belmar, who placed second for most-original in her age category. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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An older age group of youngsters goes before the judges during Belmar’s annual Halloween Costume Contest, held in the municipal gymnasium because of the inclement weather. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Scarlett Morton, 11, of Belmar, who had the best-looking costume in her age group, is pictured with her 4-year-old brother Sebastian at Belmar’s annual Halloween Costume Contest. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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Nicole Dahrouge of West Belmar and sons Mitchell, 1½, and Daniel, 7, don’t seem fazed at all by the scary witch in the inflatable during Belmar’s annual Halloween Costume Contest. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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From left, Patti Lepis of Belmar, Angie Maccloud of Neptune with 5-year-old Ava, and Carla Golightly of Neptune with 22-month-old Joey, all enjoy Belmar’s annual Halloween Costume Contest. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar was not going to let the rain get in the way of its Halloween fun.

The borough’s annual Halloween Costume Contest was held as scheduled today in the municipal building, without the traditional parade to Pyanoe Plaza four blocks away.

Instead, nearly 100 children, their family and friends filled the municipal gym on October 29, where an eclectic crowd — from scary monsters and cartoon characters, to superheroes and mythological creatures — gathered for the Recreation Department-sponsored event. There was even a bottle of ketchup and the solar system mingling in the imaginative mix.

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In total, some 32 prizes were awarded for first and second place in best-looking, most-scary, most-comical and most-original in several age categories, as well as in a group category. Taking best-overall costume were 11-month-old twins Aiden and Parker Gilrain, who’s extended family lives in Belmar. They were dresses as the top prizes inside in The Claw Game.

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