Apache Junction Halloween festival winners announced


Contest winners in the family category at Apache Junction's annual Halloween festival were: first place, Erik and Jen Fish; and third place, Britany and Nich Ahmann. The event was held Oct. 26 at Flatiron Park, 100 N. Idaho Road.

Other contest winners, by age group, according to a release, were: 

  • Ages 2 and younger: First, Thaliya Celis-Lupeli; second,  Lydia Dempsey-Watchman; and third,  Emily Lake.
  • Ages 3 and 4:  First,  Angel Perysian; second, Franky Alvarez ; and third, Patricia Nelson 
  • Ages 5 and 6: First,  Raylan Reed; second,  Naya Cardenas; and third, Ben and Arthur.
  • Ages 7 and 8:  First, Brett Gibbs; second,  Alayna Williams; and third,  Kynzli Park.
  • Ages 9 and 10: First, Madilynn Williams; second, Ryan Larson; and third, Robert Lancaster 
  •  Ages 11 and 12: First, Alena Young; second,  Graham Fish; and third, Noah Lapsansky. 
  • Ages 13 and older: First, Ethan Fish; second, Olivia Fish; and third, Mika Rounds. 

"The community participants really stepped up this year by submitting numerous original and creative costumes and pumpkins into our contests. Congratulations to all of the contest winners," the release states.

"AJ Parks and Recreation would like to thank the ghost and goblins who participated in the annual Halloween festival.  This year’s festival saw great participant numbers in activities like the Trunk or Treat, bounce houses, costume contest, pumpkin-carving contest, and a howl-o-ween canine costume contest," according to the release.

The Halloween festival featured local non-profit organizations and businesses that contributed to the event by providing tricks and treats to the kids. The agencies keep the cost of the activities to a minimal amount of .25-.50 per game, the same cost it was over 25 years ago when the event first started, the release states.

"We would like to send a huge 'thank' you to our Trunk or Treat sponsor, Lost Dutchman Realty. They coordinate the Trunk and Treat ... which had estimated 2,000 treaters. The local businesses out did themselves this year with pretty amazing trunk transformations," according to the release.

If you would like volunteer or have your agency participate in next year’s event (Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, email ajpr@ajcity.net to be added to the interest list.