Mums and Mummies take over Westgate Park

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
On Oct. 10, dozens of magical, mythical, and mysterious beings converged at Westgate Park to celebrate the return of the popular fall festival Mums and Mummies. In addition to hosting craft stations, haunted sack races, and fierce costume contests, the event also serves as a fundraiser for the local non-profit organization Friends of Westgate Park. The members of the organization, which co-sponsors Mums and Mummies with the Westgate Neighbors Association, cultivate the mums for sale. While these colorful varieties were not for purchase, they did make for a great photo opportunity for children like Scarlett Winters.
Lilliana Elena, 9, and J.R. Elena, 6, competed in the children’s portion of the costume contest. Lilliana was donning an ‘abducted by aliens’ costume while J.R. was sporting a Thanos costume.
Pierre, a 9-year-old toy poodle, gets some much wanted attention from Freddie Casto, 4.
This year’s event marked the first time a non-canine entered into and won the animal costume contest. Shown here is winner Snickers, a 5-year-old guinea pig, with Jude McGonigle, 12.
Before getting on their X-Jet to travel back to their home on the westside, X-Men Storm (a.k.a. Brittany Doss) and Wolverine (a.k.a. Steven Doss) pose for a quick picture.
Carrie Ebright, one of the Dancing Witches of Westgate, conjures up some magic during their performance.

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