Costumed characters abound at Grayslake Pumpkin Fest

  • Four-year-old Evelyn Halm, dressed as the Disney character Moana, swings with help from her mother, Erin Klein, dressed as Te Fiti, during the 10th annual Grayslake Pumpkin Fest on Thursday at Central Park Aquatics Field.

      Four-year-old Evelyn Halm, dressed as the Disney character Moana, swings with help from her mother, Erin Klein, dressed as Te Fiti, during the 10th annual Grayslake Pumpkin Fest on Thursday at Central Park Aquatics Field. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Eight-year-old Owen Calhoun poses with superhero and "Star Wars" characters on the Halloween character path during the Grayslake Pumpkin Fest on Thursday.

      Eight-year-old Owen Calhoun poses with superhero and "Star Wars" characters on the Halloween character path during the Grayslake Pumpkin Fest on Thursday. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com
Updated 10/19/2017 9:26 PM

On a beautiful autumn evening, Central Park Aquatic Fields in Grayslake was filled with superheroes, princesses, zoo animals and Disney characters during the 10th annual Grayslake Pumpkin Fest.

More than 500 children were expected to attend the Grayslake Park Community District-sponsored Halloween event.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"It's just a fall celebration for families to come out and have a nice evening to enjoy," said Kristin Splitt, executive director of the Grayslake Community Park District, who was wearing an Eeyore costume. "It's just a really great family event on a beautiful day.

The festival featured Halloween games, hay rides, moonwalks, a costume contest and a Halloween character path.

Erin Klein of Grayslake was dressed all in green and covered in leaves as she walked with her daughter Evelyn Halm, 4, who came as the Disney princess Moana.

"It's my favorite event every year. The kids have fun and we have fun," Klein said. "I am Te Fiti from the movie "Moana" kind of looking and feeling ridiculous but having fun."

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