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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