2017 Halloween event

Our 2017 Annual Halloween Costume Parade, Contest & Trick-or-Treat Celebration — CLAWED Its Way to the Top!

On Saturday, October 28, thousands of happy folks had a GREAT TIME at our annual event — our 29th in a row!

Our Halloween Costume Event and Parade and Trick-or-Treat is arguably the COUNTY'S LARGEST and it might just be the STATE'S LARGEST.

Saturday, October 28, 2017, Saw It All!

For 2017 we again held the event in the parking lot between Rite Aid and Uptown Cheapskate.

All kids in costumes received candy and trick-or-treat bags, plus coupons from FESTIVAL MERCHANTS such as T-Mobile, Kids First Swim School and Carter's-OshKosh B'gosh!

2017 Halloween event winners

In the main event parking lot, festivities were helped along by Special Guests Mr. Chuck E. Cheese and Scrunchy the Bear, from Chuck E. Cheese's and Klein’s ShopRite, respectively, who did line dancing to festive music, and who posed with the children. Also, Festival merchant T-Mobile set up a table to introduce its services to the crowd. All children in the crowd received candy, trick or treat bags and coupons from Kids First Swim School and OshKosh B'Gosh, courtesy of the Festival at Bel Air Shopping Center.

The actual costume contest got underway at 11 am; four judges, including "Rapunzel" and "Belle" (costumes provided by The Magic Continues Character Company of Forest Hill, Maryland) first selected 35 Semi-Finalists and then a dozen Finalists from the estimated crowd of over 500 entrants.

Using the "Crowd Applause and Cheers" technique, master of ceremonies Mike Blum winnowed the 12 Finalists first down to 5, then the final 3.

See photo, right — top to bottom: Winning the Grand Prize was "The Claw Machine," starring Tom Diggins of Abingdon as the prize in the machine. Second place was the "Haunted Jewelry Box," featuring Layla Bray of Bel Air as the Ballerina and Diane Gray of Bel Air as the Box Keeper. Third place was "Cotton Candy," featuring Brinlee Boone of Joppatowne.

Prizes included $150 for Grand Prize, $100 for 2nd place and $75 for 3rd place, in the form of gift certificates to Festival at Bel Air merchants. Finalists received special prize gift bags.

For a gallery of photos from the day, please visit our Facebook page