Families show off creativity during costume contest for chance to visit Disneyland

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Rowan Murray, two and a half years old, told his mom he wanted to be a dinosaur for Halloween. Gresham Station Shopping Center was filled with spooky sights during a day dedicated to the whole family.

There were princesses and superheroes, aliens and monsters, Disney-inspired magic, home appliances, tigers and ghouls, video game characters like Pikachu and the Mario Brothers, droids, pirates, elves, zombies, and so much more.

The Halloween Spooktacular at Gresham Station was bigger and better in its second year. The event Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, at the shopping center, 649 N.W. 12th St., had hundreds of visitors of all ages.

The highlight of the afternoon was the costume contest, which people entered as individuals and groups.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Children enjoyed an arts and crafts booth during the Gresham Station Halloween Spooktacular Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27. Organizers said there were more than 80 entries this year, and they vied for prizes like a trip for four to Disneyland and various gift cards to spend at the Gresham Station shops. The judges included local celebrities and elected officials.

While the plan was to only have one grand prize winner — judges found the task of selecting only one winner difficult. So, the organizers expanded the prize pool to send three deserving families to Disneyland, with logistical support from Sue Piazza and Bucket List Travel Tours.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - One of the three Disneyland trip winners was the Rattley family for dressing as a washing machine, dryer and dirty laundry.They were the Rattley family, dressed as a washing machine, dryer and dirty laundry; the Davis family, dressed as the Nightmare Before Christmas; and the Haerrera family, dressed as arcade games.

In total $18,000 in prizes were given out. Other top winners included the Gandee family as a haunted mansion ride, the Matheny family as the Mario Brothers crew, and Brian Corral as Oscar the Grouch.

All of the shops at Gresham Station opened their doors to trick-or-treaters, passing out almost 300 pounds of candy. U.S. World Class Taekwondo hosted a spooky arts and crafts booth, and vendors from the Twilight Market offered their wares. Those in the costume contest passed through a photo booth.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Oscar the Grouch visited Gresham Station for the afternoon of fun.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Tom and Allie Spencer dressed as Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket

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