On a crisp fall night, under a starry sky at Rumsey Park, costumed children of all ages gathered for goodies -- 2,000 pounds of candy -- supplied by Payson's Parks and Recreation Department.
Groups and individuals participated in the town's annual Trunk-or-Treat event Saturday to hand out treats from the trunks of their cars.
The line of parents, children and teenagers stretched far into the night under a canopy of pines.
Most of those in line were dressed for Halloween in colorful costumes and unique disguises.
The Payson Roundup was there to capture the scene and to pick out those with the prettiest, cutest, most unique, or scariest costumes. It was difficult to choose the winners Monday. This paper isn't big enough to print them all, but they were all winners. We did, however, narrow the field down to 16, and we found some of the categories had two winners. The following is a list of the costume contest winners by age group:
Ages 5 and under
- Most unique -- 10-month-old Lena Man, who was dressed as a Christmas tree, lit up the night with her costume, which included lights on her head and a big red bow. She tied with 7-month-old Dylan Lundmark, who was dressed as a fireman, complete with a fire engine made out of a box;
• Prettiest and/or cutest -- 3-year-old Amy Barnish, who was dressed as a pretty princess, tied with 14-month Madelyn Negri, who was the cutest leopard we'd ever seen. Madelyn's grandmother made the costume.
• Scariest -- 5-year-old Amy Martell, who was disguised as a silver clad alien, took top honors in this spooky category.
Ages 6 to 10
- Most unique -- 9-year-old Ashley Monty dressed as a 50s waitress and skated from trunk to trunk on roller skates.
• Prettiest and/or cutest -- 7-year-old Shawnee Murray, who dressed up as a pretty genie, tied with 7-year-old Mikey Murphy, who was dressed as a rodeo clown.
• Scariest -- vampire brothers Clint and Jake Hacker, ages 8 and 6, won this award.
Ages 11 to 15
- Most unique -- 12-year-old Kristie Ewing posed as Spider Woman.
• Prettiest and/or Cutest -- 14-year-old Heather Morris dressed up as Miss America and tied with 11-year-old Megan Miles, who was dressed as a flower child.
• Scariest -- A pair of skeletons, 12-year-old Daniel Conner, and 20-year-old Monica Enriquez, shared this award.
Adults, 16 and older
- Most unique -- 20-year-old Heather Polomo, who wore a large, hairy spider on her shoulder, won for both scarriest costume and prettiest costume in the adult category.
• Cutest -- 19-year-old Hannah Thomas wore the cutest costume as a girl in braids.
Scariest -- 27-year-old Tracy McCormick won this category dressed as a truly scary guy.
The above winners can pick up their Wal-Mart gift certificates at the Payson Roundup office in the Swiss Village Shops during regular business hours.
Congratulations to all of you.