A spooktacular spectacle at Westgate Park

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Shortly before returning to his old haunting grounds in Haddonfield, Illinois, Michael Myers (a.k.a. River Byas) made a surprise appearance during the westside’s beloved spooktacular spectacle Mums & Mummies on Oct. 16. Sponsored by Friends of Westgate Park and the Westgate Neighbors Association, Myers and his fellow cinematic villains and otherworldly beings were on their best behavior as they competed in costume contests and haunted hula hoop activities and vied for the best spot in line during the trunk-or-treat portion of the afternoon event at Westgate Park.
“Mr. Mum” Tom Prince poses with a few of the mums that were for sale at the event. The long-time Friends of Westgate Park volunteer grows a majority of the flowering plants in his westside home. All of the Mums & Mummies proceeds go to FWP to fund year-round beautification projects at the park.
The strength of a dinosaur and the magical powers of a fairy were not enough for twins Rhys and Landen Germany (left to right) to win a game of tug-of-war against their mother, Rochelle. The westside siblings said they feel they would have won had the dinosaur costume provided more length for the arms.
Tim Sterling originally came to Mums & Mummies to show support for his husband Allen as he performed with the Dancing Witches of Westgate, but two unexpected things happened while waiting for the magical showcase. The first was he made a new friend in Cindy Williams and the second was his 3-year-old dachshund Coco took the top prize in the animal costume contest. “I just wanted to dress her in this cute pumpkin outfit,” he said. “I didn’t have any plans to enter the contest.”
Laura Carter and her nephew, Sammy Fleeter, celebrate as his Beetlejuice costume snagged him the top honors in the 0-3 age group. Carter, who was dressed as Lydia Deetz, joked that Beetlejuice accidentally sprinkled the magic shrinking dust on himself this time.
Ninja Henry Wagner, 6, finds the perfect spot to ambush his enemies.
The Prizzi-Meyer hive had a lot of buzz around them at the event, especially since they created their own costumes. Pictured clockwise are Logan Meyer, Jonah Prizzi-Meyer, Erika Prizzi, and Rudy Prizzi-Meyer.
Dressed as the Scarlet Witch, Ashley Montana gets ready to pass out candy during trunk-or-treat.
The Dancing Witches of Westgate put a spell on the crowd as they perform.
Gabbi and Garrett Raymond pose with their 4-year-old sheltie Ollie before the costume contest.

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