Four Brookings Elks Club officers had the toughest job in town Saturday.
Jack O'Connor, Garry Downing, Butch Herron and Matt Bristow had to look over dozens of costumed youngsters who showed up for the club's annual Halloween party and choose winners for the costume contests.
andquot;It was damn tough,andquot; O'Connor said. andquot;Every one of them should have won a prize, but it's kind of hard.andquot; andquot;I've judged these contests for the last four years,andquot; Downing added. andquot;They're always tough.andquot; The room was filled with kids of all sizes dressed up in Halloween garb. The costumes ranged from adorable to creepy.
The contests were divided into age categories.
Adrianah Cree Beldi took off with the prize in the under-a-year-old category with her butterfly costume.
Makiah Smith and Cody Testa nabbed first and second place in the 0-5 category.
Smith was packaged to order in her gift costume; she was wearing a decorated box with her head, arms and legs sticking out.
Testa was dressed up as a fuzzy black spider.
Hailey Steineke's werewolf outfit won first place in the 6-9 age group. Her wolf mask could have been borrowed from the wardrobe of a Stephen King movie.
Josh Giguiere grabbed second place in his grim reaper costume. He wore a skull mask with a hand-held pump that, when squeezed, sent a stream of oozing red liquid streaming down his bony countenance.
Aaron Appleton went all-out in his soldier clothes; his face covered with camouflage paint. His costume pulled in first place in the 10-13-year-old category.
Brittani Fugate's rendition of the walking dead got second place.
All costumed critters were then invited to participate in an overall contest with no age category.
Six-year-old Jessica Spicer was chosen for second place with her princess outfit.
Shane Smith won first place overall with his skeleton costume. Smith's ensemble included a scary mask and long bony fingers.
Children that did not win costume contests had plenty of other ways to take home prizes.
Local businesses ensured the party's success by donating gifts, candy, money and coupons.
Chetco Federal Credit Union donated four savings bonds worth $50 each.
The bonds were given away by ticket drawing. Kids earned tickets by playing games or participating in the coloring contest. Tickets were also handed out at the door.
Event chairman Gloria Osborne said there were plenty of prizes to give away, including candy, certificates and gift baskets.
andquot;We had a lot of the prizes by drawing so all the kids could have a chance,andquot; she said.
andquot;I don't think any child walked away empty-handed.andquot;